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Aztecs and Their Inventions: Students Navigate Through Four Aztec Marvels!

Grade Levels
5th - 8th, Homeschool
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Aztecs and Their Inventions: Students Navigate Through Four Aztec Marvels!

This Aztec Inventions activity is included as part of the much larger Mesoamerica Unit Bundle:

The Mesoamerica Unit: 10 fun, hands-on resources for the Incas, Aztecs, & Mayas!


In this highly-engaging Aztec and their Inventions lesson, students learn about four major inventions by the Aztec Empire. Students learn about the precursor to soccer (ollama or tlachtli) , floating gardens (chinampas), the origin of the red dye (cochineal beetle), and their system of universal education!

Students navigate through four inventions, using their investigative worksheet to guide their way. After reading their stations article, they have to figure out which box corresponds with the correct invention. Then, students complete the short assignment! Once finished, students choose their favorite to be the focus of a journal entry!

Two versions of the student assignment are included, one which gives students the added challenge of sketching out the invention!

A key is included!

This resource includes a paper in-class version and a 1:1 Google compatible version to be used in conjunction with Google Classroom. Just follow the included instructions for how to access the Google version, then share the resource through Google or assign via Google Classroom. This will allow students to type directly into the document!


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Total Pages
14 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).


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