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A study of the Aztec, Inca, and Mayan cultures is par-for-the-course for most fifth grade classrooms. This set of lesson plans is worth looking into if you are a fifth grade teacher! In them, learners focus on the geography and culture of the Meso-American civilizations. They engage in hands-on activities and a host of language arts-based activities that require them to listen, write, read, and speak in front of others. Many terrific worksheets are embedded in this fine series of plans.
Fifth graders get together with first graders in this collaborative series of lessons on Meso-American civilizations. In them, learners utilize a variety of reference resources and presentation tools. The highlight of the lessons is the "How To" video that the students create together. The videos demonstrate how the Aztec, Inca, or Mayan cultures performed a certain task, ceremony, or celebration. An outstanding educational resource!
Students compare and contrast the structures of Meso-American and Andean civilizations. Using geography, they discover the landforms and climates of Central and South America. They examine the role of family structures and religious beliefs and practices. They describe the achievements in astronomy and math.
Here are a series of lessons on the Mayan, Aztec, and Incan civilizations. This incredible, 15-lesson unit would be perfect for any fifth grade study on these important civilizations. Learners focus on the complex nature of the cultures, how their belief systems affected their actions, how the societies found and utilized their resources, and how geography impacted each society's day-to-day life. An excellent educational resource!
Students view a seven meter time line with a scale of one mm=1 year, and three rows (Canada, Mexico, United States). They identify civilizations on each timeline. Students determine the affect of the ability to cultivate corn on a civilizations stability. Students write an essay based on information on the timelines.
A well-done and informative presentation, this resource could be used to pique interest in Lousiana's history. This presentation about Poverty Point, a mound created by Native Americans, is a fascinating exploration of this topic. What is most interesting about the subject is what we don't know. This presentation discussed the things that are verifiable, such as the size of the mounds, and the issues that are still under debate, like the purpose of the formations.
Is there anything better than chocolate? This series of cross-curricular lessons lays out five to seven days of a study on chocolate. Over these days, learners watch video clips about how chocolate is made, compose poems and legends, complete a map and timeline of the history of chocolate, and interact directly with chocolate. Complete with short informational texts, options for evaluation, and extensions, this unit could be used as is or altered to suit your classroom needs.
Fifth graders use the internet to research the history of cultures throughout the world. In groups, they disucss the meaning of various symbols and view Tenochtitlan as a center of power and wealth. They use everyday materials to create a model of the city and share it with the class. To end the lesson, they write an evaluation on their work and answer discussion questions.
Students watch a video and complete an online scavenger hunt to explore Incan civilization. In this Age of Exploration instructional activity, students read about Pizarro and role-play figures to recreate the events. Students create vocabulary flashcards and a podcast about Pizarro's conquest and present them to the class.
Ninth graders examine causes and effects of the Uluburun shipwreck. In groups, they develop their own ways to categorize the artifacts found on the ship and decide on the research questions they are going to focus on. They use the information they collect to organize it in a database and share their results with the class.
Middle schoolers examine and discuss the meanings of the various symbols in Tenochtitlan. In groups, they complete a part of the model of the city and discuss the importance of finding artifacts. Individually, they choose an a two-dimensional object, identify its characteristics and the elements of design found on the object. To end the lesson plan, they also build models of the Mayan pyramids.
The author of this presentation elaborates on the details of insect classification, information apparently required to become a master gardener in the horticulture program at Oregon State University. Though lengthy (110 slides), it is an outstanding collection of photos, graphs, and diagrams to educate the viewer in basic entomology. Not only could this be used as a resource for horticulture classes, it can even stand as an introduction to a college entomology course.
Practicing paleontologists map the geologic time scale, simulate the formation of sedimentary rock, and analyze fossil data. Instructions for four activities and five assessment choices are provided for the teacher. This comprehensive lesson plan thoroughly exposes learners to the stages of evolution as evidenced by the fossil record.
Seventh graders begin this lesson by viewing various maps of the Ancient World. As a class, they take notes on the changes of different areas in Europe and Asia as their teacher lectures to them. They answer questions about the geography and trade of each area to end the lesson.