Early American Civilizations

Bridge subjects ancient history and English language arts together with a unit all about the Maya, Aztec, and Inca civilizations. Eleven lessons begin with a read-aloud followed by a whole-class discussion in preparation for practice by way of worksheets, writing, drawing, and more. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Make lessons part of ELA center rotations—work with one group at a time, guiding them through the lessons while others complete other center activities 
  • Design an Early American Civilization-themed bulletin board featuring the unit's vocabulary, pictures with labels, and finished products
  • Since two subjects are addressed, begin the lesson during your ELA period and continue it when you plan to focus on social studies 
Classroom Considerations
  • This unit was designed in part of the Core Knowledge learning program 
  • Prep is required—copies and supplies vary based on the lesson 
Pros
  • Lesson plan instructions are written in detail—equipped with pictures and notes 
  • The lesson comes with extension ideas 
  • Cooperative learning strategies are included 
Cons
  • None