Aztec Inca Maya Inquiry Based Unit Aligned to New Social Studies Standards

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Grade Levels
5th - 8th
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This is a complete inquiry based learning unit for the Aztec Inca and Maya groups based on the new Social Studies Standards. Through an inquiry approach, students will develop an understanding of the Aztec, Inca, and Maya. They will be able to evaluate and understand the history, geography, culture, and political structure of each group.

This 30+ Page Resource Includes:
 Teacher Tips (2-pages)
 Standards Questions Handout (4-pages)
 Research Tools Handout (1-page)
 SS Standards for Teacher Reference (2-pages)
 K-W-L Chart (1-page)
 Aztec, Inca, May Map Work (3-pages)
 Map Work Answer Keys (3-pages)
 Project Choices (3-pages)
 Five Strands of Social Studies Slideshow (6-pages)
 Presentation Notes (2-pages)
 Key Vocabulary (3-pages)
 Key Vocabulary Answer Key (1-page)
 Assessment Rubric (1-page)
 Presentation and Audience Guidelines (1-page; 2 per page)

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Your students will be the leaders of the inquiry and the teacher tips resource will help guide you through the whole process. Watch your students become engaged and excited to learn about these three cultures.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


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