DK Eyewitness: Aztec, Inca, and Maya is a spectacular and informative guide to the rise and fall of the pre-Columbian cultures of the Aztecs, Incas, and Mayas, who built vast empires and left behind a legacy of mystery and wonder. Amazing color photographs offer your child a unique "eyewitness" view of these incredible civilizations. Show your child how jewelry was made, and learn what kind of food the Aztecs ate, how the Incas built their homes, and how the Mayan calendar worked. They'll also discover the secrets of the Inca stonemasons, the rites of passage every warrior had to face, and ceremonies for human sacrifice.
Sharing many common beliefs, deities, and rituals, the religion of the Maya, Aztec, and Inca was rooted in both the earth and the sky, the rhythms of the seasons, and the movements of the sun, moon, and stars. Readers will meet rain and sun gods, corn gods and fertility gods, earth mothers who are both creators and destroyers, and even a feathered serpent. Lavish primary-source images of arts and artifacts are paired with text that is both information-packed and enthralling. Readers who enter this pantheon are in for an awe-inspiring cultural journey through the divine mysteries of time and space.
This unit, designed for use with intermediate and junior high school students, centers on the Mayan, Aztec and Incan civilizations in Central and South America and contains literature selections, poetry, writing ideas, curriculum connections to other subjects, group projects and more. The literary works included are: The corn grows ripe / by Dorothy Rhoads -- Aztecs: the fall of the Aztec capital / by Richard Platt -- Secret of the Andes / Ann Nolan Clark.
"Illustrated by Phillip Martin. Specific topics include Incan, Mayan, and Aztec daily life and inventions. Incas -- Maco Capac, Sapa Inca, Incan roads and bridges, mailmen, Machu Picchu, Spanish arrival. Mayas -- hero twins, pyramids, temples, stelas, ball courts, hieroglyphics, city-states. Aztecs -- place of the Prickly Pear Cactus, government, religion. The reproducible unit features well-structured plans supported by handouts, plus a special lesson for substitute teachers"--Publisher's website.