This introductory social studies activity book explores the differences between the cultures of major Indian civilizations found in early Central and South America. Topics include: the Olmecs, Teotihuacan, Mayan religion and culture, the Toltecs, Incan religion and culture, the llama, the Aztec culture and religion, and the arrival of the Spaniards. Also included is a timeline, bibliography for further reading, and answer key.
The format is one-to-two-page lessons that have a short teaching section and a corresponding activity such as a crossword, fill-in-the-blank, word search, or cryptogram. Black-and-white reproducibles.
Since this resource is from a secular company, it assumes the “old earth” dating that puts the Ice Age at 50,000 years ago and man first coming to the American continent around 8,000 BC. This discussion is on the first 3 pages only, which makes it easy to skip if desired. The religion of each culture is addressed and does mention human sacrifice. But no detailed descriptions of this practice are given.
Mayan, Incan, and Aztec Civilizations - Civilizations of the Past
Publisher: Carson-Dellosa Publishing
Format: Paperback Book
Grade 5, 6, 7, 8
Topic: Social Studies/History - Intermediate History