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Creative projects are a great way to engage your class and can be a fun way to assess mastery! Learners create brochures and postcards that might have been created by and for travelers to ancient Mayan cities. They read and discuss the New York Times article "In Maya Ruins, Scholars See Evidence of Urban Sprawl" and explore a website on Mayan sites.
In this reading comprehension with glossary instructional activity, students read a passage about the Mayan civilization and the accompanying glossary and illustrations, and then identify true statements from the reading and by inference. Students answer 15 true or false statements.
A study of the Aztec, Inca, and Mayan cultures is par-for-the-course for most fifth grade classrooms. This set of lesson plans is worth looking into if you are a fifth grade teacher! In them, learners focus on the geography and culture of the Meso-American civilizations. They engage in hands-on activities and a host of language arts-based activities that require them to listen, write, read, and speak in front of others. Many terrific worksheets are embedded in this fine series of plans.
Before you begin a unit on Christopher Columbus and the European explorers, take your class through the Mayan, Aztec, and Incan Civilizations in this vivid and interesting presentation. With photographs of golden artifacts and ancient writing and math, viewers will connect with the remnants of these lost worlds.