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Counting: Calendars and Cords
Three Great Civilizations
The Maya: Ancient Timekeepers
Aztec Legends and Calendars
Accountants of the Inca
The Spanish Conquest
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Projects

Choose one or more of the projects below to make your own connections to the Maya, Aztec, and Incan civilizations. Each project can be completed by an individual student or by a small group.


Multimedia Presentation
Create a multimedia presentation showing artifacts from the Maya, Aztec, and Incan civilizations. Choose a theme for your presentation, such as religion and ritual, legends, or counting and calendars. Depending on the theme, you may want to focus on one or more of the three civilizations.

  • You may want to include images contained in the articles in this section.
  • Use the "Links" button to find additional images on the Internet.
  • Remember to cite your sources for all images.



Illustrated Map
Using information from the articles "The Maya: Ancient Timekeepers," "Aztec Legends and Calendars," and "Accountants of the Inca," create an illustrated map of Latin America that shows the locations of key sites in the Maya, Aztec, and Incan civilizations. Start by using your Internet search engine to find and download an outline map of Latin America. Add details to the map, such as geographical features, and the locations of ancient cities and archaeological sites from the three civilizations.

  • Use "Links" to find additional information on the Internet.
  • Option: use multimedia software to convert your outline map to an interactive map. Add links to useful Web sites and digital images.



Short Essay
Read the articles "The Maya: Ancient Timekeepers," "Aztec Legends and Calendars," and "Accountants of the Inca." Then write a short essay comparing the role of calendars in the Maya, Aztec, and Incan civilizations. Explain the various calendars' roles in the daily lives and spiritual beliefs of each civilization's people.

  • Discuss the multiple calendars used by some civilizations.
  • Use the "Links" button to find additional information on the Internet.



Oral Presentation
Use the information in the article "The Maya: Ancient Timekeepers" to give an oral presentation on the Maya counting system. Briefly demonstrate how the system functioned and how large numbers can be recorded and calculated using Maya math. You may want to include the following in your presentation:

  • drawings or photographs of Maya numbers
  • worksheets on which students can practice using Maya math





Credits: Aztec Calendar Stone © Kimball Morrison/South American Pictures.


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These topics correspond to chapters in the Patterns of Interaction series (McDougal Littell, 2005).