Mayans, Incas, and Aztec Cultures


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The Maya, the Inca, and the Aztec



California Content Standards 

7.7 Students compare and contrast the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the Meso-American and Andean civilizations.

1. Study the locations, landforms, and climates of Mexico, Central America, and South America and their effects on Mayan, Aztec, and Incan economies, trade, and development of urban societies.

2. Study the roles of people in each society, including class structures, family life, warfare, religious beliefs and practices, and slavery.

3. Explain how and where each empire arose and how the Aztec and Incan empires were defeated by the Spanish.

4. Describe the artistic and oral traditions and architecture in the three civilizations.

5. Describe the Meso-American achievements in astronomy and mathematics, including the development of the calendar and the Meso-American knowledge of seasonal changes to the civilizations’ agricultural systems.


PowerPoint Presentations


More PowerPoint presentations from Jolene Berg


More PowerPoint presentations from Jolene Berg


More PowerPoint presentations from Jolene Berg

Chichen Itza.ppt   *note the Cenote pics for Science

Maya Ppt   * note cenote formation



Aztec pottery

More PowerPoint presentations from sandamichaela

Internet Websites and Resources

Maya Inca Aztec Webquest          

The Aztecs                     Aztec Booklet         

Ancient Mesoamerican Civilizations            Ancient Mexico  

The Amazing Travel Bureau                     Maya Archeology                                     Lost King of the Mayas



Cross-Curricular Activities

How Cenotes form

Solving Dissolving Experiment ( Science, rocks, acid)

Word Find                           

Mayan Weaving Video                      Back Strap Weaving Activity


Teacher Materials

Maps, Timelines etc        Unit Plan   

 Another Unit Plan 

 Unit Plan3            Leveled Reader           



Mayans, Aztecs and Incas Thematic Unit
Mayas * Aztecs * Incas: All-in-One Resource With Background Information, Map Activities, Simulations and Games, and a Read-Aloud Play to SupportCompr                               Maya Designs (Coloring Book)             Aztec Designs Coloring Book (Dover Coloring Book)       Technology in the Time of the Maya

Angela Weaves a Dream: The Story of a Young Maya Artist

 Miro in the Kingdom of the Sun


Eye Of The Forest (Children Of The Lamp)
You Wouldn't Want to Be an Inca Mummy!: A One-Way Journey You'd Rather Not Make (You Wouldn't Want to...)        

 You Wouldn't Want to Be a Mayan Soothsayer!: Fortunes You'd Rather Not Tell (You Wouldn't Want to...)

You Wouldn't Want to Be an Aztec Sacrifice! (You Wouldn't Want To¿)

Rain Player
The Corn Grows Ripe (Puffin Newbery Library)
Secret of the Andes (Puffin Book)

Mario's Mayan Journey
The Sad Night: The Story of an Aztec Victory and a Spanish Loss