WEEK 22: Feb 17-21, 2020
Historical time period: Ancient Maya and Aztec Kingdoms
Guidepost: Be Open to Change. I am flexible and willing to do things differently.
3R Connection: I am respectful and teachable. I can learn so much from others.
Concepts: We learn most of what we know about ancient civilizations by what they left behind. The Aztec people were flexible and willing to do things differently by building a city in the middle of a lake.
- Geography and location of Central and South America
- Authors and Illustrators work together to make books great
- The Maya learned a lot of things by observing the world around them and based on what they saw in the sky, were able to develop a complex system of calendars
- Plants need water and light (younger).
- Food webs (older)
Create a large paper sun that will be posted on a wall. What did you eat for breakfast? Make a list. Ask students, did anyone eat sunlight for breakfast? State that the energy in everyone’s food can be traced back to the sun and how humans and all living things are connected by a food web.
Sally – egg – chicken – insect – leaves – sun
Fred – Bacon (pig) – grain – sun (bacon comes from pigs, which might eat grain, which is a plant which produces food through photosynthesis and connects to the sun)
Write each part of the chain on a paper chain piece. Link them together by stapling the ends to create a chain.
Post the paper sun high on wall. Once students have finished creating a couple of chains, have each student staple or tape the link representing the sun to the sun you posted. Stretch the chain out lengthwise from the sun and staple or tape the other end to the wall. Students can now see the energy in the food they ate can be traced back to the sun.