Aztec and Mayan Scientists - Latin American Heritage Month: Claim, Evidence

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Scientific Inquiry and Argumentation - Latin American Heritage Month
Essential Question: Were Aztecs and Mayans Advanced Scientists and Mathematicians?

Brainstorming and Designing a Mind Map
Writing a Claim
Supporting it With Evidence
Preparing a Rebuttal

Designed as a 4-5 day cross curricular activity for Latin American Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15), this activity encourages students to research the scientific and mathematical innovations of ancient Mesoamericans (Aztecs, Mayans, and Incans).

Part I - Students brainstorm who scientists and mathematicians are and what they do.
Part II - They write a claim
Part III - Students are provided with 10 websites to conduct research and collect evidence to support their claim
Part IV - Students prepare a rebuttal
Part V - Students compile their evidence into a poster sized T-chart

Teachers are provided with a website evaluation and website addresses for 10 student friendly websites.

All necessary student reproducibles are provided.

Mexican, Mexico, Guatemalan, Guatemala, Honduran, Honduras, Chicano, Chicana, Xicano, Xicana, Incan, Aztecs, Mayans, Mexica, Tiahui, Astronomy, Agriculture, Architecture, pyramids, Chichen Itza, Tikal, Tulum, Coba, Ek Balam, Teotihuacan, scientists, mathematicians, Latinos, Latinas,
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4 Days

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Aztec and Mayan Scientists - Latin American Heritage Month
Aztec and Mayan Scientists - Latin American Heritage Month
Aztec and Mayan Scientists - Latin American Heritage Month
Aztec and Mayan Scientists - Latin American Heritage Month
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