Unit Plan

Unit 2: Early American Civilizations

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Fifth graders explore early American civilizations in a four-week ELA unit. Every lesson offers an opportunity to read and discuss a selected passage followed by word work that covers vocabulary, grammar, and morphology. Learners write paragraphs comparing and contrasting the Maya, Aztec, and Inca civilizations before completing a final codex project.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Assign take-home materials or plan extra time for pupils to complete their work during the school day
  • Display finished products from the unit at Back-to-School Night or save them for an open house 
  • In your classroom, update the unit's focus wall as well as a social studies wall to connect the work being done in the two subjects
Classroom Considerations
  • The second unit in a series of nine by Core Knowledge
  • Requires enough prep time to make copies and collect materials—check the "At a Glance" section for lists
  • Provides an interdisciplinary approach to learning
  • Offers background information and details to make conducting the unit easier
  • Includes a color-coded table of contents and a pacing calendar
  • None