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Unidad 2 Etapa 1 De pequeño


In De pequeño, you learned to describe childhood experiences, express personal reactions, and discuss family relationships. People associate certain places, songs, foods, and activities with their past; these are part of our personal time lines. Countries also have places, songs, foods and activities that are part of their past. There are other time lines as well–like the planet and even the universe’s time line! (It is believed that the Big Bang happened 16 billion years ago!) North and South America became defined during the Cenozoic era, around 45 million years ago. We often think in terms of our personal time lines, but relating it to other time lines helps us get a perspective on our time and place.


Explore the links below to think about different types of time lines in Mexico.You might want to keep a notebook nearby to jot down ideas as you think about the following questions:

  • What are some important dates for Aztec and Maya cultures? With what monuments, objects, and people are those dates associated?
  • What are some important dates for Mexico City? With what objects or people are those dates associated?
  • Why is it important to preserve nature as you would a national monument?
  • What relationships do you see between the places and people from the past and those of contemporary Mexico?
  • What are some things from Mexico’s past that have stayed the same? What are some things that have changed?

Ciudad de México (Spanish/English) index.html
Take a virtual tour of the important buildings and attractions in Mexico City.

Parque Ecológico Chipinque (Spanish)
This site features the Parque Ecológico Chipinque, an important ecological park in Mexico.

Cultura Precolombiana (Spanish/English) historia/ precolombinas/ index.html
Visit the University of Guadalajara's page on Olmec, Maya and Aztec culture. It includes myths and photos.


Glance at your notes from the Exploración. On your own or with a classmate, create an illustrated time line for the dates, people, and monuments that you have seen. On a piece of posterboard, draw a long line and write the earliest date you can think of at the beginning. Then write the other dates you found along the time line, including dates from significant events in your own life. Write a description of the objects, events, and people associated with each date. Finish your time line by illustrating each segment with an icon or an image. After you are done, paste your time line in an area designated by your teacher, or put it away in your portfolio for future reference.