This unit has everything you will need to teach about the Maya, Aztecs, and Incas by incorporating the study of these cultures into social studies, reading, writing, ELD, and through a simulation.
This unit includes the following products:
Reading Passages, Questions, and Activities for the Maya, Aztecs, and Incas Part I:
These passages focus on the following areas for each culture:
- Daily Life
- Family Life
Each page is packed full of information to help you teach about this interesting culture.
Incan Simulation Part II:
There is no better way to learn about history then to put yourself in the shoes of those that have come before us.
During this simulation, students will immerse themselves in a three week journey into the culture of the ancient Inca as they research and become major Incan cities. They will work together to take on roles such as the Villac Umu, the Curacas, and the messengers to earn and trade goods and information. They work to please the Sapa Inca, the teacher, by paying taxes, working on STEAM project, and providing sacrifices that are worthy enough to please Virachoca.
This simulation will have your students learning while they aren't even realizing it! They will work on their communication skills, teamwork, and so much more through this simulation.
- Instructions for the teacher
- Information about Incan farming
- A classroom management system where students earn "potato points" to grow their population
- Goods to trade
- Incan calendar information
- Math problems
- Art Projects
- STEAM project
- Much, much more!
Writing and ELD Lessons Part III:
This bundle includes lessons plans, anchor charts, writing prompts, reading passages, scoring matrixes, and more to help your students integrate their learning of the ancient cultures.
Students will first write a narrative taking the point of view of an Aztec peasant. They will learn to write using correct story plot, dialogue, and descriptive language.
Students will also read and watch a version of the creation myth of each of the three cultures. They will then create a script and play of the myths to present to the class as another form of presentation to compare and contrast. Finally, they will then work to compare and contrast the different myths in a paper.
Mayan Performance Task Part IV:
This performance task consists of a pre-teach activity, three non-fiction passages, as well as a video link, graphic organizers, and constructed response questions. Students will work to read, take notes, and then plan and write a full length essay based on the sources.
There are three different writing prompts included in this performance task as well. These include a narrative, expository/informative, and opinion/persuasive. This is similar to what students see on the SBAC test. It is up to the teacher if all students will write on the same style of essay or if students will be assigned different writing prompts.
Included are scoring rubrics and scored examples for the constructed response questions, as well as scoring rubrics for all styles of essays.
Final Tests and Technology Integration Part V
This unit is everything you would need for a complete 8 week unit to teach about the ancient Maya, Aztec, and Inca. That is less than $7 per week for everything you need!