The Americas and Time Keeping: Crash Course History of Science #5

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Time, time, time ... see how it shaped an entire culture! Science scholars discover the mysteries of the Mayan and Incan cultures during the fifth video in a History of Science series. The narrator shows how these time keepers developed a calendar system that spanned millions of years, as well as their contributions to astronomy, agriculture, and hydrology.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Make the video an interesting opener for a lesson about the relationship between heavenly bodies and timekeeping
  • Have time for more about the Mayan prophesies? Take learning further with a documentary
Classroom Considerations

  • The complex calendar system can be a little confusing; show some examples
Pros

  • Mayan mysteries, many of which are still unsolved, are captivating and engaging
  • The resource illustrates significant contributions to scientific progress throughout the Americas
Cons

  • None
Common Core