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

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 Read More

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Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Maps | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8x10 size | 4-color | 96 pages
Subject: Social Studies
Leveling: Ages 7-10 |Grade Level 3-4 |

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DIG Magazine
"Explore Ancient Chinese Myths is a great addition to the Explore Your World series, especially the neat projects—25 of them, including making a bronze bowl, handmade paper, and even a Mulan poster. Don’t miss this one!"

School Library Connection, March 2018
"This resource is packed with a little bit of everything regarding ancient China. The bulk of the book is thorough and descriptive informational text about China’s land, people, traditions, and religions. The importance of storytelling in Chinese culture is woven throughout, and readers will be introduced to numerous Chinese myths, legends, and fables."

Praise for Canals and Dams! by Anita Yasuda

School Library Connection
“This book would make a good addition to any library’s STEM collection and will serve as a great resource for both students and teachers. Glossary. Timeline. Recommended”

Praise for Explore Greek Myths! by Anita Yasuda

DIG Magazine October 2017
Explore Greek Myths! with 25 Great Projects by Anita Yasuda takes readers on a fact-filled journey through ancient Greek religious beliefs. Crafts, such as making a model of the Parthenon, constructing a labyrinth, experimenting with earthquakes, and fashioning a lyre—all accompanied by informative text and sidebars—offer a great introduction to this topic.

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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

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Timeline

Introduction: Let’s Explore Mesoamerica!

Make a feathered journal
Ruler for a day stela
Make an edible map
Play Find Me a Home

Chapter 1: Homes and Great Cities

Make adobe bricks
Home challenge
Move the stone
Machu Picchu Snakes and Ladders
Aztec canoes

Chapter 2: Food and Markets

Grinding Maize
Design a cup
Aztec hot chocolate
Aztec bartering game

Chapter 3: Clothing and Cloth

Make a small weaving
Make a llama
Make an Aztec shield

Chapter 4: Children and Learning

Aztec Telpochcalli relay game
Inca knots
Make a Maya clay pot
Dance story
Life in a poem

Chapter 5: Gods and Temples

Make an Inca gold mask
Discover festival music
Maya pyramid model
Make a jaguar hand stone
Play Pok Ta Pok

Chapter 6: Technology and Learning

Make a floating garden
Make Maya glyphs stampers
Inca relay
Vocabulary game

Glossary

Resources

Index