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Maya, Aztec, and Inca People: History and Culture

These early indigenous peoples of Central and South America developed vast empires and rich cultural traditions. What happened to them, what did they have in common, and what are their legacies? Teach your students all about these very interesting Native American civilizations with interesting materials.
A Collection By Natalie Mroz
  • 11 Collection Items
  • 11 Collection Items
  • Discussion
Maya, Aztec, and Inca People: History and Culture
  • Ancient Artifacts

    Lesson plan
    discoveryeducation.com
    discoveryeducation.com
    Natalie Mroz says:
    In this lesson your students will research and recreate an artifact from one of the civilizations to share with the rest of the class. This is a great companion lesson that will give your more artistic students something fun to do. You could easily adapt this activity to go with any of your units.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    This is a worksheet that you can use or adapt for your students to give them a place to organize their information.
  • Aztecs

    Website
    dkfindout.com
    dkfindout.com
    Natalie Mroz says:
    This opening page is all about the Aztecs, but you can click on the links at the bottom to go to the pages on the Maya and the Inca. Each page has a map with illustrations to click on to learn about that topic. You could challenge your students to learn three things about each culture or create a chart comparing and contrasting information they find on the pages.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    Mr. Donn has excellent resources for you and for your students on a variety of history and geography topics. On this page you will find links to his geography resources for the Maya, Aztec, and Inca along with many articles and activities for your students. If you look under his World History Index, you will also find links to his units on each of these civilizations where you will find a wealth of information. Mr. Donn's is a great resource for all your social studies topics.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    This is a list created by a librarian of books about the three civilizations. The list is divided by grade range and each listing includes a brief description of the book. There are both fiction and nonfiction books included, and this would make an excellent reading list for your students or a place for you to research some reading to use with your students. She also includes resources on the web, museum collections, and other media.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    This is another web quest that would be a great activity for your students. It includes simple directions, a map activity, and a writing activity. I always like to use a geography lesson with my units, so the students know the place of the topic and not just the history.
  • history.com
    history.com

    Pyramids in Latin America - Ancient History

    15 minute read
    Natalie Mroz says:
    Brought to you by History.com, this site is packed with videos and pictures of the pyramids built by the three civilizations. Students can use the pictures to compare the structures and the cities they were built in as well as learn more about why the pyramids were built and how they were used.
  • Aztec, Maya and Inca Webquest

    Activity
    aztecmayaandincawebquest.yolasite.com
    aztecmayaandincawebquest.yolasite.com
    Natalie Mroz says:
    This is a very simple web quest for your students that also includes links to great sources on a variety of topics for your students. You could use this web quest "as-is" or incorporate some of the links into your own lessons.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    A superb resource that includes a lot of visuals to make it more interesting for your students. There are questions, primary source documents, maps, and much more. You could use this as a companion for the research and information gathering you assign using item 3 from this collection.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    What an excellent resource for your classes! There is a brief introduction and a number of links that compare cultural aspects of each group. This would be great to use if you were assigning each student or student group a topic and having them compare and contrast the three civilizations. Or, you could assign one civilization to a group and then have the groups compare and contrast the various aspects.
  • classzone.com
    classzone.com

    Three Great Civilizations

    5 minute read
    Natalie Mroz says:
    Introduce yourself and your students to these peoples with this resource, which includes a comparative time line, clickable map, and some images of artifacts. You can also learn a little about the calendars and written languages developed by each group.