INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF CENTRAL AMERICA

The program begins with an exploration of the ancient civilizations of the Toltecs, Olmecs, Aztecs and Maya. With a focus on the Maya, students learn about environmental and cultural changes that occurred before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors. As students examine artifacts from today and yesterday, they will understand how the Maya live today and the traditions they continue to keep. We end with a discussion of the issues the Indigenous people of Central America face within their existing governments, and the experiences of Central American immigrants in Rhode Island.

"The program was well presented and helps students focus on cultural diversity."
--5th grade teacher, Pleasant View School, Providence, RI

K-12 Curriculum Standards/Frameworks:
Rhode Island:
Civics & Government: C&G5(7-8)-1; C&G5(K-8)-2
Historical Perspectives: HP1(K-8)-1; HP2(5-8)-2; HP2(K-8)-3; HP3(5-6)-1;
HP3(K-8)-2
Engineering and Technology: ET1.1(K-8); ET1.2(K-4)
Visual Art and Design: VAD2(K-8)-1; VAD3(5-8)-2

Massachusetts:
Social Science
(Gr. 4): 4.24; 4.25; 4.28; (Gr. 5): 5.2
Science and Technology (K-2): Life Sciences 1, 6, 8; (3-5) 8&10
Arts (Gr. 4): Visual Arts: Standards 1, 5