Chichen Itza Teacher Resources
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Who determines the Seven Wonders of the World, and what criteria is used to evaluate these locations? Discover the efforts to promote cultural diversity and preserve man-made monuments during the world's first-ever global vote in 2007 to determine the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Introduce your class to the amazing temple at Chichen Itza. Mayan culture, technology, and architecture are briefly described in this three-minute video. A great way to get your 4th-7th graders ready for an exciting unit.
Sure the ancient Mayan civilization had an advanced calendar and mathematical system, but did you know that they also played a great team sport like basketball? Invite your learners to discover the great ballcourt at Chichen Itza and ballgame of the Mayans with this engaging set of worksheets.
Students compare basketball to Mayan ring-ball. They write a newspaper article that may have been published during Mayan times.
In this cursive practice worksheet, students advance their letter connection skills by copying a paragraph about an ancient temple in Chichen Itza. An actual photograph of this site is included.
Through several organized and attractive worksheets, your learners will make a deduction about tally marks and hieroglyphics to determine what they represent in the ancient numeral system. This is a well-designed, interdisciplinary worksheet with cross-curricular connections between ancient history and math.
Fifth graders analyze the Mayan culture. In this Mayan culture lesson, 5th graders study the Mayan culture noting similarities and differences between the Mayan culture and their own. Students examine hieroglyphic writing and the Mayan influence on astronomy.
Third graders are introduced to the use of glyphs and relief carving by Mesoamerican cultures. They complete worksheets, view PowerPoint presentations, participate in a Webquest and create an original glyph carving in sandstone.
Students investigate the early Mayan Calendar. In this algebra lesson, students combine three different disciplines to study and review the effect that Mayan calendar had. They investigate multiples and smallest common multiples.
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.
Students locate famous landmarks around the world. They identify the location of natural and manmade landmarks using a worksheet that provides ten clues.
Learners complete a WebQuest in which they determine the meaning and symbolism behind Ancient Mesoamerican writing, Glyphs. They investigate the Mayan Calendar system and identify relief carvings found on Mayan temples. They present their favorite glyphs while working in pairs and carve glyph examples in sandstone.
Students conduct Internet research about ancient civilizations to produce a newspaper that reflecting the cultural, political, economic and religious views of the ancient civilizations of Egypt or Mexico.
Students read and discuss the vocabulary related to a news article about the new version of the Seven Wonders of the world. They read the article, define key vocabulary terms, identify relative clauses from the article, and complete comprehension worksheets.
In this reading comprehension with glossary worksheet, 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.
Learners gain a better understanding of the cultural diversity in the northern region of Central America. They engage in a lesson which focuses on research, archaeology, historical videos, and travel highlights.
Students research the conditions in Spain during the 15th and 16th centuries. In groups, they write a paper on the information they gathered during their research and why the situation is unique to Spain. As a class, they discuss the role of religion and the king and queen to aid in the situation.
Students investigate the country of Mexico and its geographical regions. They conduct research using a variety of resources. The information is used in order to create the context for creating a clay model labeled with the geographical locations.
In this archaeology for kids quiz 99 activity, students interactively answer 12 multiple choice questions about ancient temples, as part of an online magazine.
In this Google Earth worksheet, students search the site and answer short answer questions about The Seven Wonders of the World. Students answer 28 questions.