Oceanic Islands Art and Food (Ancient History Topic 3, Lesson 1)

You may have heard of the Maori if you have played Civilization VI, especially as Kupe (the Maori Civilization leader in the game). Humankind has also introduced an Oceania DLC to explore some of these topics.

So you don’t miss out on anything in this lesson, use this quick checklist:

  • Write the vocabulary
  • Watch the video on Maori cooking (10 min)
  • Watch the video on why Maori food is the best in the world (2 min)
  • Watch the video on Oceania Island Art Introduction (1 min 30 sec)
  • Unit Work (due on day 5)
    • Choose your project
    • Start your Avatar worksheet
    • Look at the timeline
    • Look at the video game scenarios to try
    • Start the gaming worksheet


Take the vocabulary and write it down on flashcards. Then, write the definitions of the words (with the context of history) on additional flashcards. For words that are locations write down the approximate location on a map:

  • Oceania
  • Maori
  • Melanesia
  • Solomon Islands
  • New Zealand
  • archipelago
  • Micronesia
  • deities
  • Polynesia
  • Samoa
  • Maui
  • Fiji
  • Easter Island
  • Rapi Nui

Food in the Oceania Islands

Watch this video on traditional Maori cooking (about 10 minutes) and then watch the short (about 2 minutes) video on why Maori cooking is the tastiest in the world!:

Oceania Island Art

Unit Work

Choose your project

Write the name of the project you choose on the Student workbook.

Choose from:

  • Make a meal
  • Make a meal plan
  • Art interpretation
  • Make a historical map
  • Teach this topic

Avatar Worksheet

Get the Avatar Worksheet out.

Choose a name for your avatar: Decide which civilization in the Oceanic Islands your avatar is from. Using that information, choose a name. To get some ideas and choices you can use the internet to look up some traditional names.

We looked at food this week; what food do you think your avatar likes? Fill out all the information on the worksheet related to food.


Pull up the Minecraft Timeline world we made. Add any dates or important information you want to each day as we go through this unit.

Video Game Scenarios

Humankind: Ensure you have the Oceania DLC downloaded and available. Then as you build your civilization through the prehistory and classical periods, read through and choose options that line up with the Oceania civilizations that we are learning about.

Civilization VI: Start a game as Kupe in the Ancient Era. Read through the Civopedia article and see how all the civilization-specific things that Kupe as access to relate to what we are learning.

Start the gaming worksheet

Read through the gaming worksheet so you can look for the answers to this as we go through this unit. Fill this worksheet out as you find the information.

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