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Fifth-graders study ancient civilizations

Published: Fri, March 22, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.


Neighbors | Abby Slanker .A Canfield Village Middle School fifth-grader made a Mayan pyramid to symbolize the Mayan Civilization’s contributions to the modern world during the school’s ancient civilization display March 8.


Neighbors | Abby Slanker .A fifth-grade student at Canfield Village Middle School dressed as a Mayan chief during the school’s ancient civilization display March 8.


Neighbors | Abby Slanker .A Canfield Village Middle School fifth-grader represented the Aztec Civilization with his Spanish flag with Cortez display during the school’s ancient civilization display March 8.



After learning about ancient civilizations in social studies class, fifth-grade students at Canfield Village Middle School created a display of what the people of the civilizations contributed to the modern world and invited their families and friends to a viewing March 8.

Focusing on the Mayan Civilization, Aztec Civilization and the Incan Civilization, students were randomly assigned a tribe and chose the subject of their project from within that tribe. Along with the project, students made plaques with the tribe name and an explanation of their display.

“This is the first year we have done this. The students were so excited about it. They were so creative in the ways they came up with to represent the civilizations,” said Ruthanne Altiero, CVMS fifth-grade social studies teacher.

Representing the Mayan Civilization, students displayed pyramids, calendars, hieroglyphics, pottery, clothing, farming and a spear as a weapon. The Aztec Civilization was represented by jewelry, a shield, weapons, a floating garden, a calendar, human sacrifice, a musical instrument and hieroglyphics.

The Incan Civilization projects included farming, roadways, a headdress, mummies, terraced crops, a ceremonial mask and stone architecture.

Maya, Aztec and Inca foods were also on display, including chocolate and maize from the Mayans, green beans and squash from the Aztecs and fish and chile peppers from the Incas.

Several students got in the spirit of the event by dressing in traditional tribal clothing and painting their faces in tribute to the people of their tribe.


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