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The Time Compass: The Aztec Empire

19 minutes 37 seconds

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Beginning with the Olmecs and Zapotecs, the episode traces the Aztec takeover from the North, their military conquests, and their sacrifices to the sun god. It also covers Aztec ingenuity in the construction of garden sites on swampy ground and achievements, such as a public education system, Aztec calendar, and Aztec mathematics. Students learn that human civilization began to take form once nomads learned to farm, and the Aztecs developed staple crops that are commonplace today. They also learn about Aztec religious beliefs and why the Aztecs welcomed Hernan Cortez as a god, rather than the military leader, who would eventually destroy their civilization.

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Runtime: 19 minutes 37 seconds

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Episode 1
19 minutes 47 seconds
Grade Level: 5 - 8
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Episode 4
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Episode 5
19 minutes 31 seconds
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Episode 7
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Episode 8
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Grade Level: 5 - 8
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Episode 9
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Episode 10
16 minutes 30 seconds
Grade Level: 5 - 8

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    Trishia K. (Cleveland, OH)
    September 21st, 2017 at 08:38 AM

    The video was excellent in giving students a visual to help them understand the Aztec Empire.

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    Kristin M. (Santa Barbara, CA)
    December 8th, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    Great resource for the classroom.

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    Anonymous (Henderson, NV)
    September 28th, 2016 at 07:12 AM

    Time compass series is the best. It is a very valuable teaching tool for me.