Aztec, Maya, Inca : Complete Unit Plan Lesson Activity Common Core 5-8

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Recently improved again and re-posted with more activities, Common Core-aligned tests and primary source readings for a comprehensive 5-8 notes and activity set! This is a fantastic Americas Unit plan covering the Maya, Aztec, and Inca civilizations. You can pick and choose from tons of informational formats, worksheets, and activities!

The packet is divided into IV parts including and includes a scope and sequence for easy planning:


✅1. Printable one-pager notes for all three civilizations (Aztec, Maya, Inca)

✅2. Aztec, Inca AND Maya Close Readings, Analysis Guide and Annotation Activities (Aztec, Maya, Inca)

✅3. Fantastic visual PowerPoint notes for all three civilizations (Aztec, Maya, Inca)

✅4. Printable graphic organizers for all three civilizations (Aztec, Maya, Inca)

✅5. Geography Mini Bundles with seven activities included for each geographic region: South America AND Mexico. Now includes a geography quiz and answer key!

✅6. An Americas Vocabulary Lesson Set with lots of options, review games and a content/academic vocabulary quiz. Now includes Quizlet links for online learning practice with the same words and definitions.

✅7. An Americas Introduction Investigation - Students analyze primary sources, look at maps and visuals to make predictions about their learning for the unit. It also comes with a summative reflection activity!

✅8. Daily Skill-Based Text Analysis Warm-Ups and Mini-Lessons – Students make inferences and predictions from text, choose the best evidence to support a claim, cite sources, paraphrase and learn to write strong commentary in these daily skill-based mini-lessons and practice slides.

✅9. Reading Station Activities: These content-rich lesson plans are student-centered and interactive! This Ancient Aztec, Maya, and Inca reading stations have close readings and primary sources. Students analyze the government, economy, culture, geography, religion, achievements of all three ancient civilizations. (Aztec, Maya, Inca)


☀️1. Mexico Where in the World? Scavenger Hunt and Map Activity

☀️2. South America Where in the World? Scavenger Hunt and Map Activity

☀️3. Engaging Aztec Religion Reading with Common Core Worksheet

☀️4. An Aztec/ Conquistador Shadow Silhouette Perspective Activity with examples, template and youtube instructional link.

☀️5. Common Core paragraph writing instructional materials and writing template

☀️6. Printable homework worksheets based on the notes for all three civilizations (Aztec, Maya, Inca)

☀️7. FaceTime Interviews for Montezuma, Pizarro, Atahualpa and Cortez. Includes Common Core and Interview Activity Options

☀️8. Common Core literacy and math population decline from smallpox bar graphing activity

☀️9. Aztec Pictograph Analysis Activity

☀️10. Vocabulary Set with an assignment, two review games and a quiz in both PDF and Word!

☀️11. This is a completely cross-curricular Diseases the Rocked the World: Spread of Smallpox activity. It includes a simulation activity and covers geography, science, graphing and analyzing primary sources! My students LOVED it!

☀️12.Doodle World History Summary Activity. Fun creative note-taking graphic organizer that allows students to detail the 6 key "big idea" concepts.

☀️13. What's Your Destiny?-Close reading and fun comprehension game. Students read and compete in a displayed class game board. Winning students choose a fictitious destiny that is shared with the class!

☀️14. Claim, Evidence, Reasoning Resource Pack

☀️15. A key concept Field Report

☀️16. Maya Calendar Reading and Worksheet

☀️17. Maya Math and Economy Lesson- Students learn about the Maya math system and trade goods, then they purchase goods in the marketplace!


▶️1. Jingle Mingle Fun Review Interactive - Students mingle about the room finding partners. When the music stops, students address essential learning questions together!

▶️2. A Flyswatter game with answers that is a review for all three civilizations (exclusive to this bundle)

▶️3. A Venn diagram that compares all three civilizations with answer key (exclusive to this bundle)

▶️4. A student-directed review activity for all three civilizations that includes an answer key (exclusive to this bundle)

▶️5. A fun PowerPoint driven "Human Multiple Choice" game (exclusive to this bundle)

▶️6. A comprehensive test study guide- students pre-read the excerpts used in the test to define difficult words and create meaning before being exposed to content questions.


✍1. Common Core Literacy and Writing Aligned Multiple Choice tests in both PDF and Word. Easy to modify! See test example HERE.

✍2.Content and academic vocabulary quiz, geography quiz, and a reading comprehension quiz with answer keys


This bundle has some great cross-curricular lessons that reinforce math, science, writing and reading, and fun review games!

This product was designed for a remote or distance learning environment. It suits the needs of an online classroom that fits perfectly with a Google Classroom platform. This is a virtual learning experience that teachers can guide students through the curriculum. Through Google forms quizzes and tests, students test out of important skill and content areas including unit-specific vocabulary, geography, and historical content. Every online learning bundle of resources includes Google forms quizzes and tests that have students cite and find the best supporting evidence from a primary or secondary source reading passages.


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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.
Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).


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