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Ancient Cultures: Olmec

Learn about Meso America’s oldest known culture, Olmec. These sites contain images and insights into this ancient culture and influences on later, more known, Meso American cultures. There are also links to eThemes resources highlighting the later Mayan, Aztec, and ancient western civilizations.

Grades

  • 7,
  • 8,
  • 9

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This 46-page PDF focuses on the Olmec, the ancient culture of Mexico; includes: introduction, implementation guidelines, instructional materials and resources, and assessments.
This 3-page PDF lesson plan explores the ancient North American cultures of the Olmecs, the Mayans, and the Aztecs; includes: materials, instructional activities, options for lesson differentiation, and class notes.
This site which was created by students presents a brief history of the Olmec civilization and includes links to Web pages on other pre-Columbian American civilizations. Bibliographies are included.
See multiple images of Olmec artifacts. There are also links to learn about other Meso American cultures.
The site details an archaeological dig that experts believe shows the oldest example of writing in the new world. NOTE: This site contains ads.
Test your knowledge of the Olmec, Mayan, Incan, and Aztec Civilizations of the Americas. This test contains 38 multiple choice questions.
Students can learn about the Aztec history, culture, and gods. Included are videos, maps, and photographs. Two eThemes resource on Native American culture and chocolate are provided.
These sites are about the regions, lifestyle, history, art, and religion of the Mayan people. Students can view Flash movies, videos, maps, and photographs. Included are two eThemes on Native Americans and chocolate.
Students can learn about the Aztec history, culture, and gods. Included are videos, maps, and photographs. Two eThemes resource on Native American culture and chocolate are provided.
Explore the ancient civilizations of the Maya, Inca, Aztec, Cahokia, and Anasazi. Includes pictures, audio clips of music, and 360-degree virtual realities.

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