Ancient Civilizations: Aztecs, Maya, Incas!
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Ancient Civilizations: Aztecs, Maya, Incas! With 25 Social Studies Projects for Kids

By Anita Yasuda  
Illustrated by Tom Casteel
Ancient Civilizations: Aztecs, Maya, Incas! With 25 Social Studies Projects for Kids takes kids on a guided tour to experience the history, culture, economics, and daily life of the Aztecs, Maya, and Incas. Explore the three sophisticated ancient civilizations of Mesoamerica through hands-on projects, essential questions, fascinating facts about what these people ate, how they worked, and what they invented, and lots of links to online primary sources and videos.

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Why were there more than 3,000 steps built at Machu Picchu? Why did the Aztecs roam Mexico for nearly 200 years before finding a place to settle? How did the Maya study the movements of the stars and the planets?

Ancient Civilizations: Aztecs, Maya, Incas! With 25 Social Studies Projects for Kids takes kids ages 7 through 10 on a guided tour to experience the history, culture, economics, and daily life of the Aztecs, Maya, and Incas. Discover the Maya city of Tikal with its steep pyramids. Journey down the 26-mile Inca trail to reach the ruins of Machu Pichu. Explore the Aztec temple called Templo Mayor, where people once climbed the steps up the temple to be sacrificed to the Aztec gods. The daily lives from thousands of years ago are brought to life through fun illustrations, fascinating facts, essential questions, and hands-on projects such as constructing model bridges and pyramids, planting floating gardens, and translating hieroglyphics.

Ancient Civilizations: Aztecs, Maya, Incas! is part of a set of four Explore Ancient Civilization books that bring to life the vibrant cultures of the distant past. The other titles in this series are Ancient Civilizations: Egyptians!, Ancient Civilizations: Romans!, Ancient Civilizations: Greeks!.

Try these hands-on social studies projects!

  • Play an Aztec Telpochcalli relay game
  • Plant a floating garden
  • Make an edible map
  • Choreograph a dance story
Available In:
Paperback, $14.95
Hardcover, $19.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Maps | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8x10 size | 4-color | 96 pages
Subject: Social Studies
Content Focus: Ancient Civilizations



Let’s Explore the Americas!
Make a Feathered Journal
Carve a Stela
Make an Edible Map
Play Find Me a Home

Chapter 1
Homes and Great Cities
Make Adobe Bricks
Build an Aztec Home
Machu Picchu Snakes and Ladders
Make an Aztec Canoe

Chapter 2
Food and Markets
Grinding Maize
Design a Cup
Aztec Hot Chocolate

Chapter 3
Clothing and Cloth
Create an Inca Tunic
Make an Aztec Shield
Make a Small Weaving

Chapter 4
Children and Learning
Aztec Telpochcalli Relay Game
Inca Knots
Make a Maya Clay Pot
Tell a Story

Chapter 5
Gods and Temples
Discover Festival Music
Make Mosaic Mask
A Maya Stone Temple
Play Pok Ta Pok: Ancient Maya Ball Game

Chapter 6
Technology and Engineering
Make an Aztec Floating Garden
Make a Codex
Vocabulary game

Metric Conversions
Essential Questions