Before 1492:Mayan, Aztec, & Incan Civilizations A Webquest for Grade 5 Students
Instructions• You will use this webquest to gather information about each of 3 ancient civilizations that existed in the Americas before the arrival of European explorers.• The webquest will guide you to Internet resources, including informational websites and videos.• Use the arrows to advance through the webquest.• You will use your worksheet to record facts that you learn.• When you are done, you will write one question for an online quiz especially for your class
Essential Questions• What Native American Civilizations lived in Central and South America before 1492?• How did these pre-Columbian civilizations live?• How were these civilizations affected by European exploration?
Meet the MayansClick the symbols to learn about the “Mysterious Mayans”
Click to watch a video about Mayan civilization
Meet the AztecsClick the symbols to learn about the “Amazing Aztecs”
Click to watch a movie about the Aztec civilization
Meet the IncasClick the symbols to learn about the “Incredible Incans”
Congratulations!You are now an expert onpre-Columbiancivilizations!Use what you know towrite one question aboutthe Mayans, the Aztecs,or the Incas. You andyour class will get to playa game with all of thequestions you ask.
A webquest created by Peggy Harvey, Instructional Technology Specialist, Blanchard Memorial School Boxborough, MABased on Massachusetts DOE Social Studies Curriculum Standards:• 5.2 Identify the three major pre-Columbian civilizations that existed in Central and South America (Maya, Aztec, and Inca) and their locations. Describe their political structures, religious practices, and use of slaves. (H, G, E)• 5.4 Explain why the Aztec and Inca civilizations declined in the 16th century. (H)• A. the encounters between Cortez and Montezuma• B. the encounters between Pizarro and the Incas• C. the goals of the Spanish conquistadors• D. the effects of European diseases, particularly smallpox, throughout the Western hemisphere
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