Unit Plan

Maya, Aztec, and Inca Civilizations

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A 10-lesson unit explores the Maya, Aztec, and Inca civilizations. Over the course of two weeks, scholars read nonfiction excerpts, discuss their findings, and complete activities. An assessment equipped with multiple choice and matching questions, as well as a written performance task, tests learners' comprehension.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Create an informative bulletin board that showcases a timeline, important information, vocabulary, and pictures that are relevant to the unit 
  • Post chapters' Big Question on a classroom blog, when a chapter is finished direct learners to answer the question using complete sentences 
  • Direct pupils to keep worksheets and reference pages in an interactive history notebook, encourage them to reference their work for assistance during the assessment 
Classroom Considerations
  • Review page two to confirm your scholars have the knowledge needed before implementing the unit 
  • Pictures look best printed in color 
  • The lesson was designed to be used in a Core Knowledge classroom; however, it can also be used in a general setting 
  • A table of contents is included to make locating lessons easier 
  • Each lesson plan is written in detail with pictures of its coordinating activity page 
  • Additional activities are provided at the end of each lesson 
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