Explanation of Unit Structure
The subtopics within the Aztec unit are: Archaeology, way of life, art, food, music/dance, and celebration. These topics have been chosen because they lend themselves to a more creative approach when teaching Social Studies to young children rather than a “lecture” approach, which can be a common pitfall when teaching Social Studies to young children. I feel that the activities presented in the Aztec unit will be of high interest to both student and presenter. These types of activities are aimed at making the cross-grouping of Spanish and English speakers enjoyable. Cross-grouping activities include either singing, dancing, craftwork, cooking, or drama improvisations, which require only basic proficiency in the second language.
These twelve lessons are meant to be taught over a twelve week period of time. The majority of lessons are two part, which will require that the lessons be taught twice a week in order to stay in that time frame.