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Mesoamerica Unit Activities and Projects: Maya, Aztecs & Incas

Mesoamerica Unit Activities and Projects: Maya, Aztecs & Incas
Mesoamerica Unit Activities and Projects: Maya, Aztecs & Incas
Mesoamerica Unit Activities and Projects: Maya, Aztecs & Incas
Mesoamerica Unit Activities and Projects: Maya, Aztecs & Incas
Mesoamerica Unit Activities and Projects: Maya, Aztecs & Incas
Mesoamerica Unit Activities and Projects: Maya, Aztecs & Incas
Mesoamerica Unit Activities and Projects: Maya, Aztecs & Incas
Mesoamerica Unit Activities and Projects: Maya, Aztecs & Incas
Product Description
This bundle truly has it all! Projects come with specific directions, requirements, rubrics and answer keys (when necessary). Students will have the opportunity to work collaboratively and/or individually to complete the following assignments:

43 Entrance & Exit Slips
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These 43 entrance and exit slips will capture the attention of your students and will help your students be excited about learning about the civilizations of Mesoamerica, mainly the Maya, Aztecs and Incas. Each question comes with the option of a full page and a 1/2 page slip. Each slip includes black and white clip art that will make it exciting for your students to complete. There are 43 different questions in the product and here is a small sampling: (1) Design a license plate for a Mayan merchant or artisan. The numbers, letters and design of the license plate should represent his or her responsibilities and accomplishments. (2) Consider the Aztec capital city and design currency to represent Tenochtitlan. Use a combination of colorful illustrations and phrases. (3) Create one or two apps on the iPad below that would help the Aztecs defend themselves against the Spanish conquerors. (4) Design the front and back cover of a biography about an Inca emperor. Write a title and include a combination of images and writing.

A Poem about the Mayan Civilization
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After students learn about the Maya, they are going to write a poem about the Mayan civilization. The poem follows a specific format, similar to a biography poem. The product includes a direction sheet, template, required historical topics, an abridged sample and a rubric.

Design Mayan Currency
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After students learn about the Maya, they are going to assume the role of an artisan. The king has ordered your students to create a new currency that reflects the values and daily life of the Maya. Additionally, students will complete a two-page chart to learn about the U.S. dollar bill. The product includes a direction sheet, a rubric, a two-page chart about the U.S. dollar, an answer key and four pages of student samples, along with currency templates.

Write & Present a Mayan Skit
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Your students will create a two-minute skit in groups of three that demonstrate the characteristics of the three periods of Mayan history - pre-classic, classic and post-classic. They'll present the skit in front of the class and in doing so, will practice their presentation and public speaking skills. The product includes directions, a sample of Mayan names, a planning guide, plot suggestions, an answer key and a rubric.

Make a Newspaper of the Mayan Civilization
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This project gives students the opportunity to delve deep into the culture of the Mayan Civilization. While there is a lot of room for creativity and an opportunity for originality, students will base their information on historical evidence. Students will include the following parts in their newspaper: title, news stories, editorial, interview, advertisement, advice column, and an obituary. The product includes directions and a rubric, along with newspaper templates.

Create a Timeline of Mayan History
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Timelines are a very important tool to use to visualize major events in a given period in history. Students will create a timeline of important events in Mayan history between 2000 B.C.E. and 1528 C.E. Students will include seven significant events from the time period. The product includes specific and clear requirements and rubric, along with a timeline template.

Write and perform an Aztec Skit
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Students will work in groups of four to write, direct and perform a skit about various topics related to the Aztecs. Students will choose one of four possible roles (researcher, playwright, director, creative designer). The product includes an introduction to the skit, a description of the responsibilities of each student role, seven steps to follow to complete the project, a list of 20 possible topics to choose from, a list of 16 male and female Aztec names to use, a rubric and a reflection page.

Write an Aztec Warrior Training Guide
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The year is 1440 and Montezuma I has just become the Aztec emperor. He has required that your students, experienced Aztec warriors, create a training guide booklet for kids to study before they become expert and well-trained warriors. Students will take on the perspective of a trained and experienced adult Aztec in the 15th century. Students will create a cover page, introduction, pages of content and an appendix. The product includes directions and a rubric, along with 15 pages of booklet templates.

Make an Aztec Warriors Help Wanted Ad
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After completing research about Aztec warriors, students complete this fun project. (I highly recommend using Don Nardo's book entitled Aztec Civilization and using pages 58 - 66 for the research.) For this project, students take on the role of an Aztec scribe that has been recently assigned to create a Help Wanted Ad to find qualified people to become Aztec soldiers. The product includes a brief introduction explaining the activity, a list and explanation of requirements and a rubric.

Emperor Montezuma Projects: Movie Trailer, Illustrated Epic Poem, Scrapbook or Speech
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After learning about Emperor Montezuma II of the Aztec Empire, students will have an opportunity to show off what they learned by completing a choice project. The project options include: movie trailer, scrapbook, farewell speech and illustrated epic poem. Students can work individually or with a partner. The product includes directions for each project choice and four rubrics.

Write the Biography Poem for Hernan Cortes
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Students will write a biography poem about Hernán Cortés, the Spanish Conquistador of the Aztec Empires. This is a fun way for students to show off what they learned! The product includes directions, a template of 12 lines and a rubric.

Create a Visual of the Social Structure of the Aztecs
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Your students will work in small groups of three to create a visual that portrays the status, roles and responsibilities of the five social groups that made up the social structure of the Aztec Empire. Each group member will choose a role (professor, graphic designer or scribe). The product includes directions, an explanation of the roles and responsibilities of each student, a rubric and a reflection.

Make a Tenochtitlan Travel Brochure
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The year is 1500 and your students come across a “Help Wanted” ad in the Classified section. Tenochtitlan Tours is in need of an experienced, knowledgeable and articulate tour guide. In lieu of a formal interview, Tenochtitlan Tours has requested that job candidates submit an original travel brochure. The product includes directions, a list of topics and a rubric, along with eight brochure templates.

Create the Timeline of Aztec History
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Timelines are a very important tool to use to visualize major events in a given period in history. Students will create a timeline of important events in Aztec history between 1250 C.E. and 1519 C.E. Students will include six significant events from the time period. The product includes specific and clear requirements and rubric, along with a timeline template.

Persuasive Writing: Create a Report Card for the Inca Empire
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The task of your students is to evaluate the effectiveness of the Inca government between 1438 (the empire develops) and 1532 (Spanish conquest) by creating a report card. The report card will contain a letter grade and a corresponding paragraph describing the performance of the Inca government on several possible categories. The product includes directions, sample topic and concluding sentences, a rubric, a brainstorm web and a writing graphic organizer.

Design the Book Jacket of Emperor Atahualpa’s Book Jacket
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Your students are going to design the book jacket of Atahualpa's biography. Atahualpa was the last emperor of the Incas before the Spanish conquest. A book jacket includes the front cover, spine and back cover of the book. This is a project that gives your students the opportunity to be creative, but their writing must be based on historical evidence. The product includes directions, requirements, topics and a rubric, along with a book jacket template.

Write and Perform the Battle of Cuzco Skit
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Students will read background information about the causes and effects of the Battle of Cuzco. Students will take on the role of various historical figures in order to write and present a skit about the causes and effects of the battle. The battle transformed Cuzco from a quiet town to major capital of a brand new empire. The product includes background information, a planning page, requirements and a rubric.

Create an Inca Empire Real Estate Advertisement or Commercial
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Your students will assume the role of real estate agents who live in the Inca Empire in the early 1500s. Your students' task is to persuade potential homebuyers to move to the Inca Empire by creating a commercial that would be viewed on TV or an advertisement that would be found in a magazine or newspaper. The product includes requirements, advertising strategies, topics and two rubrics.

Role-Play Activity: Write the Inca Terms of Conquest
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The year is 1438 C.E. and Pachacuti, the 9th ruler of the Inca Empire, just conquered the Chancas. The land that the Chancas once ruled has become part of the Inca Empire and is now owned by Pachacuti. Your students have been hired as Pachacuti’s advisors. Their task is to create a Terms of Conquest, which is a set of rules that explains how Pachacuti should conquer Native American groups and how he should manage them once they are integrated into the empire. The product includes thirteen interesting, engaging and thought-provoking questions that allow students to create an effective and realistic Terms of Conquest.

Spanish Conquest Project: Inbox and Emails of the Emperor or Conquistador
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Even though the Incas only used quipus to record information, pretend that Quechua was a written language and that the Incas were so technologically advanced for their time, that they even had email! Students can choose to be Francisco Pizarro (Spanish conquistador) or Atahualpa (Inca emperor). Students will complete and turn in the following components: (1) Email address and password of the historical figure; (2) A print-out of the historical figure’s email inbox, including the subject lines and senders and (3) One email written by a historical person to Atahualpa or Francisco Pizarro about the Spanish conquest. The product includes guidelines, instructions, a sample, a reflection and a rubric, along with email and inbox templates.

Spanish Task Cards: Causes & Effects of Spanish conquest
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Task cards are much more exciting than worksheets and are a wonderful teaching tool! This set of task cards contains twelve questions that will allow your students to think critically about the reasons, causes, and effects of the Spanish conquest of the Incas. The product includes 12 task cards, a student recording sheet and an answer key.

Create the Timeline of Inca History
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Timelines are a very important tool to use to visualize major events in a given period in history. Students will create a timeline of important events in Inca history that will span from 1200 to 1911 C.E. There are seven events that they will include, along with a description and illustration for each one. The product includes an explanation and list of requirements, a rough draft chart, four comprehension and critical thinking questions, a rubric and an answer key, along with a timeline template.

Create a Board Game of the Mayan, Aztec and Inca Civilizations
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his project is a really fun and creative way for students to show off what they learned about the civilizations of the Maya, Aztecs and Incas. Students will create the rules and directions for the game, create the required pieces, and create a colorful and detailed board game. The product includes requirements, directions, topics and a rubric, along with game board and game pieces templates.

Present a Student Talk Show of Leaders from the Civilizations
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Students will work in groups of four to present a talk show. Their talk show will include the host who will ask the deep and engaging questions and three guests who will answer in an interesting and detailed way. The three guests that the talk show host will interview are King Pakal the Great (Maya), Emperor Montezuma (Aztec), and Emperor Atahualpa (Inca). The product includes an introduction, requirements, a rubric, sample host questions, planning guide and an editing checklist.

Create a Timeline of Key Events of the Civilizations
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Timelines are a very important tool to use to visualize major events in a given period in history. Students will create a timeline of important events in Mayan, Aztec and Inca history between 2000 B.C.E. and 1600 C.E. Students will include twenty significant events from the time period. The product includes the requirements of the project, dates of the events, a description of each event and a rubric.

Achievement Festival Brochure
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The Festivals and Events Committee will be hosting the first annual festival to celebrate the achievements of the Maya, Aztecs and Incas. All aspects of the festival have been inspired by those achievements. The purpose of the festival is to teach people about the achievements and to celebrate and enjoy them. The committee is looking to hire a small team of experts to plan and carry out the festival. As members of the planning committee, the task of your students is to create a festival brochure. The resource comes with directions, a rubric and four brochure templates.

Skills Gained
☺ Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
☺ Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.
☺ Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
☺ Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow.
☺ Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
☺ Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
☺ Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
☺ Conduct short research projects to answer a question.
☺ Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
☺ Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.
☺ Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

And best of all, your students will LOVE Social Studies!

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Total Pages
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Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
3 months
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