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The Ancient Maya
Students explore the culture of the Mayans through a variety of activities. In this lesson about Maya, students analyze pictures in books and on websites, produce scale models of Maya architecture, and create Maya mosaics. Students study Maya myths, analyze and create glyphs or pictures, role-play as warriors, write to a Maya pen-pal, and finally enjoy a Maya feast.
7th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 19 Views 70 Downloads
A Classical Maya News Report
Students research the culture of the Mayans. In this early civilizations lesson, students research selected Maya city-states including Tikal, Clakmul, Piedras Niegras, and Uaxactun. Students use their research findings to present news reports to their classmates.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 5 Downloads
Maya Lin: Architect & Sculptor
Learners explore and study about Maya Yang Lin and her influences on contemporary Chinese/American art. They assess the difference between architecture and sculptor and then create a miniature model of an expressive sculptor to symbolize their vision of a world event.
4th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 1 Download
New Review The Maya Files
What a creative approach to studying about the ancient Mayan civilization! Learners will become investigators in the case of the "disappearance" of the Classic Maya by examining a variety of primary and secondary source material, including an interview with a Mayan archaeologist, graphs of weather and soil samples, and first-hand accounts from the period.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 1 Download CCSS: Adaptable
Will America Fall Apart Like the Maya?
Students work in teams to research ancient Mayan civilization as they simulate working for the President of the United States. He is concerned that if a civilization as technologically advanced as the Maya's could disappear, could the U.S. do the same?
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 36 Downloads
Maya Angelou: Study and Response to "Still I Rise"
Eighth graders respond personally to poetry. In this poem analysis lesson, 8th graders analyze the biographical poem of Maya Angelou titled "Still I Rise." Students elaborate on the language and theme of the poem as they respond to discussion questions about it.
8th Language Arts 22 Views 37 Downloads
Introduction to the Maya Civilization
Students investigate the Maya civilization. In this Maya civilization lesson plan, students view a PowerPoint presentation and record notes. Students explore several important landmarks, such as the "Magician's Palace" at Uxmal.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History 23 Views 197 Downloads
Autobiography: Maya Angelou
Students study the concepts of autobiography, biography, and fiction as literary genres. They read, study, and analyze Maya Angelou's autobiographical writings in terms of what she intended to accomplish by her writings. They develop and enhance their literary competence by lessons which focus on figurative and symbolic language and on voice or points of view.
10th - 12th Language Arts 7 Views 28 Downloads
In this famous person worksheet, learners read a passage about Maya Angelou and then complete a variety of in-class and homework activities to support comprehension, including partner interviews, spelling, cloze, synonym matches, and scrambled sentences.
4th - 8th Language Arts 44 Views 219 Downloads
The Image of Stories-Maya Stela
Students explore filled and empty space in art. In this visual arts lesson, students view the Maya "Stela" and various picture books to explore the story within the art pieces. Students create their own stela that tells a story about a person they admire.
K - 5th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 13 Downloads
Greetings from Maya Angelou
Students investigate the life and works of Maya Angelou. They complete a Webquest, read poems, listen to a reading by Maya Angelou, answer discussion questions, and write a poem, short story, or essay based on a newspaper article.
9th - 12th Language Arts 5 Views 21 Downloads
"And Still I Rise" Proud Black Women: Understanding the poetry of Maya Angelou through the lyrics of two female rappers.
Students examine the roles and contributions of African American women in the Arts as they research the biographies and artistic endeavors of Maya Angelou, Queen Latifah and Lauryn Hill. They explore these arts through dance, paint and writing.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History 9 Views 3 Downloads
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.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History 12 Views 17 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Lesson: I Am the Wall
The Maya created amazing stone carvings and sculptures, but what were they for? Kids analyze the significance and purpose of a Maya stela and then write a creative piece. They imagine they are the stela, and write a story about what life as a limestone, and then as a carved stela was like.
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 8 Views 20 Downloads