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