Social Studies

How does geography influence the dev. of Western Hemisphere?

Lesson:How did the Maya use writing to represent activities in their culture?

Students analyze how the Maya used writing and how others have worked to understand it.

Differentiation: Struggling students will work in partnerships. Advanced Students will create their own video to attach to their poster.

Cracking the Mayan Code PBS Nova

Technology Synopsis

Students will create a poster using glogster because they can include visuals, videos and text and is easy to learn to use. Their poster will include examples of Mayan practices of language and writing that show that they were complex. Students will also include a paragraph describing how the Maya used writing and how others have worked to understand it. Students will use edmodo to link their poster and they will respond to each others work.

Classroom online for students to respond and share activities

Lesson:What did the Aztecs do to master their watery environment?

Students analyze the agricultural accomplishments of the Aztec people in their capital city of Tenochtitlán.
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A Complex System of Aztec Canals Travelled by Thousands

Techonology Synopsis

Students will make a chart of the benefits of swamp agriculture and the use of chinampas using since it is easy to create charts and thinking maps and makes the information easy to understand. Students will post their links to their chart on edmodo so that they can review and respond to each other. Students will also post a response to the lesson question on because it is easy to post response without creating an account and they can add links to their response. They can also read each others responses.

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SS.5.2 COMPLEX SOCIETIES AND CIVILIZATIONS: Between 1100 B.C.E. and 1500 C.E., complex societies and civilizations developed in the Western Hemisphere. Although these complex societies and civilizations have certain defining characteristics in common, each is also known for unique cultural achievements and contributions.

RI.6. Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.

RI.9. Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably

W.2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly. a. Introduce a topic clearly

W6. With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others

W7. Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.