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Early Civilizations of the Americas

Grade Level Grades K-2
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards


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 In this Grade 1 Core Knowledge History and Geography unit Early Civilizations of the Americas, students explore several different, powerful civilizations that people created in North and South America long ago.

Beginning with the arrival of the first humans into the Western Hemisphere many thousands of years ago, the unit looks at the evolution of civilization in the Americas, from hunters and gatherers to complex cities and cultures of the Maya, Aztec, and Inca.

Students first investigate the Maya—their religion, and the study of astronomy that led to accurate calendars that are similar to those of today. Then they explore the Aztec Empire, and the fascinating island city Tenochtitlán, where Mexico City exists today. The unit then directs students to the Inca and looks at the Royal Road, once the longest in the world, and the remarkable city of Machu Pichu.

The unit’s five chapters expose students to the religions, agriculture, and folklore of these rich and amazing cultures


Distinguish between information provided by pictures or other illustrations and information provided by the words in a text.
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.
Use sentence-level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
Identify real-life connections between words and their use (e.g., note places at home that are cozy).
Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to gather additional information or clarify something that is not understood.


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September 10, 2020