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Lesson: Early Indian Civilizations of the Western Hemisphere


Author: Suzanne G
Subject Area: Social Studies
Grade Level: 5 - 8

Introduction

Early Indian civilizations (Maya, Western Hemisphere Inca, Aztec, Mississippian) existed in the Western Hemisphere prior to the arrival of Europeans. These civilizations had developed unique governments, social structures, religions, technologies, and agricultural practices and products.

Goals

- Compare characteristics of each of the Indian civilizations including: government, social structures, religion, technology, and agriculture. - Understand civilizations existed before European arrival. - Study basic characteristics of governments, cultures, technologies, and agricultural practices and products.

Directions

- Make multiple-tier timelines that can be used to show relationships among events and places. - Research the characteristics of early Indian civilizations of the Western Hemisphere. - Compare and contrast the unique governments, social structures, religions, technologies, and agricultural practices and products of early Indian civilizations.


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Activity: Mexico's Geography and Its People


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Goals

Research the geography of Mexico and its early Indian civilizations.

Directions

Read the informational text on Mexico and take notes using your "Geography Concept Circle". Note the climate, natural resources, landforms and bodies of water.



Activity: Learn about the Aztec Culture


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Goals

Read the informational article on the Aztec people. Remember to pay close attention to their unique government, social structures, religion, technology, and agricultural practices and products.

Directions

Take notes using your "Culture Concept Circle". Remember to record information about their food, clothing, shelter, language, artistic expression/tools, beliefs/religion.




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