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Aztec, Inca, Maya help
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I have to teach Aztec, Inca and Maya. I have been reading a lot about these cultures but am not feeling it at all. We just finished westward Expansion and it was really hands on and so much fun. I want this new unit to be similar, but can't wrap my brain around it.
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Try doing a search for a webquest for any of them. You'll get lots of ideas and other resource sites. There is one that has a virtual tour of the Maya. I usually put them into cooperative groups and each group researches and shares a particular people. My kids have done ppt, dioramas, and one year they cool murals. They also created lifesize (traced around themselves) models of people in costumes. The Aztecs were their favorite. We had an Ancient People Fair to culminate and asked the other classes to come see projects/murals, etc. Go for it - we had a lot of fun and really learned some new things.
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Mr. Roughton's Site
Old 04-06-2010, 05:45 PM
 
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has powerpoints, projects, and hands on activities/simulations.

http://mrroughton.com/latinamerica.aspx

http://mrroughton.com/assignments2.aspx

You can also do an egg carton excavation or use a shoebox. Use sand and potting soil to bury items like bits of chocolate, corn, broken pottery, bits of yarn, etc. and have them grid out the box on paper, then log each item and categorize it as a team. If this sounds interesting their is a Core Knowledge unit on it.


Here are my ideas:
  1. Create glyphs and interpret them.
  2. Study the history of chocolate and try different chocolate recipes. Weave on a simple loom.
  3. Study the music and create flutes using drinking straws.
  4. Create clay animals/figures/idols/pots.
  5. They had pyramids and mummies.
  6. Construct a terraced farm with a village below it.
  7. Compare and contrast them to those of Egypt. My 6th graders loved studying about the different death rituals and ceremonies in those cultures.
  8. Children did not receive a name (usually based on the name of a grandparent) until they were 2yrs old and then got to choose a new one at age 10 (girls) and 12 (boys). Give your students new names or have them choose new names for themeselves.
  9. Make jewelry.
  10. Have a feast.
  11. Create an artistic timelines with pictures/drawings of key events.
  12. Journal about first encounters with Europeans.
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Pictures of Artifacts
Old 04-07-2010, 07:59 AM
 
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I found these pictures that might help you with your unit. I noticed that one of them has molas and remembered that we did this one year and the kids love them. Also, making the "eye of god" craft is easy and fun for the kids as it only requires popsicle sticks and yarn.

http://umfa.utah.edu/trc_southamerica

http://umfa.utah.edu/trc_mesohands

Mola lessons:
http://kidsart.com/blog/?p=44

http://www.princetonol.com/GroUPS/IA.../6-molplan.htm

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I did a unit on the Maya a few years ago.
PM me with your email address if you'd like me to send you my resources (I don't know how to attach here.)

trocaire.ie has a pack on the Maya. i don't know if they will ship internationally, but it's worth asking. I found it useful as a basis, but added a lot to build a 5 week unit.


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Thank you all
Old 04-07-2010, 05:05 PM
 
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I think I am starting to get excited! Thank you so much. My student teacher and I spent a few hours researching today, that coupled with all this great PT help, I think we are on our way. Thanks again
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