Mesoamerican Civilizations Power-Point presentation

Mesoamerican Civilizations Power-Point presentation
Mesoamerican Civilizations Power-Point presentation
Mesoamerican Civilizations Power-Point presentation
Mesoamerican Civilizations Power-Point presentation
Mesoamerican Civilizations Power-Point presentation
Mesoamerican Civilizations Power-Point presentation
Mesoamerican Civilizations Power-Point presentation
Mesoamerican Civilizations Power-Point presentation
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Common Core Standards
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171 MB|290 slides
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An in-depth examination of the three major civilizations of Mesoamerica: the Olmec, Maya, and Aztec civilizations
from 1500 BC to 1521 AD covering Geography, Religion, Politics, Economics, and Social Structure. The presentation is geared towards middle and high school students. Successfully vetted by over 200 middle school students. This is a fantastic presentation that actively engages students in questioning, reflection, dialog, and writing. Lesson presentation includes frequent opportunities for the students to discuss various topics and to parlay the eight writing opportunities either into a report or an essay. Hyperlinks have been included in the Table of Contents to make it easy to return to where you left off in the lecture the next day. I have included the notes I use for teaching this unit. If you click on the Presenter’s Screen, notes will appear on 175 of the slides.
A sample excerpt from this presentation Ancient Maya Beauty Secrets is available as a free download.

**Revised September 2017 to include:
-PDF power point presentation
-PDF lecture notes
-PowerPoint Show with CCS and History Standards
-PowerPoint Show without History or common core standards

Product format:

PowerPoint Show made in Microsoft 10
Features include: slide sorter, laser pointer, digital pen, high lighter, and presenter’s notes. This makes it possible to add or highlight notes directly onto the slides. It is possible to check out these features on the preview, by right clicking on the screen. A tool box will appear so that you can experiment with the various tools.

Table of contents:

1. Migration to the Americas
2. Geography
2. Agriculture
3. The Olmec
4. The Mayan Civilization
5. Mayan Architecture
6. Mayan Calendars
7. Mayan Math & Writing
8. Mayan Social Structure
9. Mayan Beauty Secrets
10. Mayan Astronomy & Religion
11. The Aztecs (brief overview)

*2 PowerPoint Show Presentations
-Mesoamerican Civilizations with Common Core and; History Standards
-Mesoamerican Civilizations without Common Core and History Standards
1 PDF presentation for printing
1 PDF version of the Presenter’s notes

290 slides
153 slides w/ presenter’s notes
90 different photos
23 academic vocabulary and concept slides
agriculture, astronomy, astronomer, astrology, domesticate, domestication, cacao, chinampas, codices/codex, glyph, maize, Mesoamerica, mural, palanquin, rite/ritual, sacbe/sacbeob, sacrifice, slash-and-burn, stela/stelae, tell, terrace, tumpline
17 interactive child friendly websites on the Aztecs & Mayan
13 Common Core State History Standards
-5 specific for Meso-America
-2 specific for Mesolithic and Neolithic
-3 historic analysis
-7 goals of knowledge
7 English Language Arts Common Core Standards
-4 reading for literacy in History / Social Studies
-1 Speaking and Listening Skills
-2 Writing for literacy in History / Social Studies
16 standard based questions w/ answers
1 Analogy with guided practice
12 maps
20 pair share and class discussions
18 writing opportunities
-8 full paragraphs
5 Graphic Organizers
-Chart (Numbers & glyphs)
-T Chart
-Pyramid (social class)
-Venn diagram
Slides are organized by color and icons for quick association.


3 weeks (it depends on how much time is given for the discussions and the writing opportunities.)

Prehistory 0f Meso-America
Olmec Civilization PowerPoint Show
Mayan History PowerPoint Presentation
The Aztec Civilization PowerPoint Show


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Total Pages
290 slides
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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