Early American Civilzations

Early American Civilization Project

 

Background:

The first Americans arrived in the western hemisphere towards the end of the ice age, roughly 10,000 – 20,000 years ago. Due to the once-existing land bridge that connected Russia with North America, groups of people and animals were able to cross over into this once uninhabited area of the world. As the Americas became more and more populated and food stocks began to dwindle, agriculture and farming emerged. With the development of farming and domestication in the Americas, new civilizations grew. The early American hunters and gatherers eventually became the Mesoamerican tribes that we read about today.

 

Objectives: You are to research an ancient American civilization and construct a PowerPoint presentation with the information that you find. You are to use reliable sources from the Internet, as well as any information you might find in the textbook. You must include all information listed below, as well as any information you found interesting. You must have a minimum of 10 slides.

 

You must select one of the following civilizations:

Aztec

Mayan

Inca

Mound Builders

Anasazi

Inuit

 

Grading Rubric: 50% = Accuracy of Information

 

A. Location and Region

  1. What is the location of the civilization?
  2. What region of North and South America did the civilization cover?
  3. How might the location have affected the way of life for the groups who lived there?

 

B.  Environment

  1. How did they live in their environment?
  2. Explain ways humans depended on, adapted to, and altered the physical environment.

 

C. History

  1. How did the civilization develop?
  2. What advancements and/or achievements did they make?
  3. Fun facts?

 

D. Religious Beliefs

  1. What was their belief system?
  2. How did they practice their religion?

 

E. Social Structure

  1. Were there any classes within the civilization?

 

20% = Citation

  1. Include a Works Cited Page of all sites, books, or journals used

 

30% = Presentation

  1. Was your PowerPoint the right length?
  2. Was it full of info and visuals?
  3. Did you use appropriate and relevant facts?
  4. Did you speak with appropriate volume for the task? 

RESOURCES

Land Bridge/ Migration to Americas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19HIeGePpjE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9r9eeV1Ca7E

http://study.com/academy/lesson/land-bridge-theory-lesson-for-kids.html

http://www.learningliftoff.com/4th-5th-grade-history-learning-activity-bering-land-bridge/#.WcmzH9N96T9

 

Mound Builders

https://www.warpaths2peacepipes.com/native-american-houses/mound-builders.htm

http://www.encyclopedia.com/social-sciences-and-law/anthropology-and-archaeology/archaeology-general/mound-builders

https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Wikijunior:Ancient_Civilizations/Mound_Builders

 

Anasazi

http://www.ducksters.com/history/native_americans/pueblo_tribe.php

http://www.ducksters.com/geography/us_states/colorado_history.php

http://nativeamericans.mrdonn.org/southwest/anasazi.html

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/articles/teaching-content/anasazi/

 

 

Inuit

http://www.ducksters.com/history/native_americans/inuit_peoples.php

http://mrnussbaum.com/inuit/

https://www.brainpop.com/socialstudies/ushistory/inuit/

https://www.dkfindout.com/us/history/native-americans/inuit/

 

 

Aztecs

https://www.brainpop.com/socialstudies/worldhistory/azteccivilization/

http://www.ducksters.com/history/aztec_maya_inca.php

http://www.ducksters.com/history/aztec_empire/daily_life.php

http://aztecs.mrdonn.org/

https://www.dkfindout.com/us/history/aztecs/

 

Incas

https://www.brainpop.com/socialstudies/worldhistory/incacivilization/

http://www.ducksters.com/history/inca/daily_life.php

http://incas.mrdonn.org/

https://www.dkfindout.com/us/history/incas/

 

Mayas

https://www.brainpop.com/socialstudies/worldhistory/mayacivilization/

http://mayas.mrdonn.org/

http://www.history.com/topics/maya/videos/the-mayans

https://www.dkfindout.com/us/history/mayans/

 

Aztecs, Incas and Mayas

https://www.kidinfo.com/american_history/ancient_americas_culture.htm