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Geography by the Bar: The Global Story of Chocolate

Los Aztecas y Los Maya/Land of Chocolate, Maize, and Agave

Lorena S.
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(86)
Awaken your inner archeologist and discover the ancient Aztec and Maya civilizations.

Class experience

US Grade 2 - 5
Students will improve their understanding of the Aztec and Mayan Empires, the symbols and become familiar with artifacts found in Monte Alban, Tomb 7.
I teach Spanish on OS and have been a teaching artist for over 15 years. I recently spent 3 months visiting different temples (the Aztecs called them Teocalli) throughout Mexico (my birth country) and am enthralled by Aztec history. I recently edited a in-depth presentation that was given by an archeologist at a temple outside of Mexico City (on my youtube channel).
Homework Offered
Homework is optional, I will ask students to read 2-3 pages from their book and provide to links to enhance student learning.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Progress is assessed through informal assessment, primarily in vocabulary use.
Grades Offered
I request that you purchase a book on the Maya, Aztecs, and Incas, self drying clay, and bittersweet chocolate. Total cost for materials $17-20. The class syllabus and materials list will be provided before we begin.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
In the past, the subject of sacrificial practices has come up in this class. Many students are intrigued and curious (justifiably so!) about such practices. The rationale for Aztec human sacrifice was, first and foremost, a matter of survival. According to Aztec cosmology, the sun god Huitzilopochtli was waging a constant war against darkness, and if the darkness won, the world would end. In order to keep the sun moving across the sky and preserve their very lives, the Aztecs had to feed Huitzilopochtli. The theme of sacrifice may be mentioned in the DK Aztec and Maya book, but I don't spend time discussing the subject due the sensitivity of the learners. I encourage adults who have curious learners to have open discussions with them. I would be happy to send supplemental information and links with (age appropriate) information/lessons as well. 
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(86)
I was born in Mexico, raised in California, and live on a homestead in Vermont. I'm writing a YA (young adult) novel set on the US/Mexico border. Besides teaching, I love surfing, playing music, gardening, and cooking with my family. I teach... 
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for 8 classes
1x per week, 8 weeks
45 min

Completed by 21 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 7-12
4-10 learners per class

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