5th grade learned about the original inhabitants of the Mexican region, called Aztecs and how Spanish explorers came and settled the land and therefore the natives came to speak the language of the explorers.
I was so excited that when I’d went to an arts festival, there were Aztec Dancers there, so I had to show the kids!
We spoke about how modern day archaeologists learned about these ancient cultures and among some of the artifacts they found were masks covered in turquoise and coral in the style of mosaics. Turquoise because it is native to the area, and coral because they were near water. We also discussed how before there were stores people used materials that were near them.
Then we began to create!
They cut the armature for their masks using paper plates. Then painted them.
Then using Model Magic, they rolled it out and cut out squares to use as their tiles.