Unit 2 Lesson 13: Mesoamerica: Mayan, Aztec, Inca

Today we reviewed the great European Explorers and discussed how they acted toward the natives of the New World.

Quote: “A nation's culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people."  Mahatma Gandhi

Map work: the routes of the European Ocean Explorers

Math: Patterns using the Mayan number system

As we learned about the different Mesoamerican empires, we were able to talk about their cultures and why they did the things they did. our goal was to gain a better understanding of the importance of learning about and accepting others of different backgrounds, religions, languages, and other practices. 

I'm thinking the highlight of our lesson was the Aztec hot cocoa. Have you tried it with a little chilli powder?

Next week: a study of the conquistadors in the New World. We will identify something we want to conquer in our personal lives and make a goal go accomplish it. 



Will took charge of the class for awhile and taught us how to play Guerilla Warfare outside. The kids totally enjoyed it. I'm sure it's one we will play again. Perhaps after our book discussion of the King's Fifth. Thanks, Will!

Julia gets to teach next week

Cursive Letter: b


  • Work on your goals!
  • Show someone how to write letter b in cursive. Also think of 4 words using b and write them.
  • Keep reading "The Kingi's Fifth" with your family or on your own

Scholar History

Kole did a great job teaching us Japanese. He explained the 3 writing systems and how to count to 10. He is an inspiration to us for learning a new language. Good job Kole!

 Stuart gets to teach next week

We also:

  • Wrote 4 sentences using the grammatically correct, "supposed to" rather than, "suppose to". 


  • Finish reading Habit 3, Puitting 1st Things 1st. You are going to love it! We will discuss it Tuesday.
  • Keep reading "The King's Fifth"- of course, you must read it to attend the party!
  • Fill in your accountability report throughout the week and bring it in Tuesday, or-
  • Write down what you want to accomplish for at least 3 days and do the most important things first. (try the bullet journal method)