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New! What a Gift!
What is considered a valuable gift? As the class will come to find out, what is considered a gift varies by time and location. After viewing images of a Mayan pot that depicts men giving cacao to the gods, learners research three different time periods. They create timelines that show how, depending on location, different items have changed in value over time.
Lesson: The Gift of Giving
Giving gifts has been a part of the human experience since modern man walked the earth. Upper graders explore the culture of gift giving in Mayan times through an artistic analysis. They analyze gift giving and palace life as seen on an ancient vase. They then write a personal narrative that describes a time when they either gave or received a special gift.
Time to Five Minutes: Problem Solving
Your second and third graders use word problems to tell time. Follow Maya on her trip to Miami! What time did she take off? Was she on time? Help learners read the word problem and identify the correct times.
New! Dream in Color
Try out a packet of poetry materials to kick-start a poetry unit. Made up of poetry written by black poets, this resource provides three themed sections (family and friends, sports, and dreams) that can be used however you see fit. Each section includes a main poem, background information about the topic and poem, discussion questions, activities, and additional poems that relate to the theme of the section.
Shakespeare Was A Black Woman
"I all alone beweep my outcast state." After a discussion of the "Shakespeare in American Life" segment in which Maya Angelou's relates her reaction to Sonnet 29, class groups create and perform a scene about an outcast that includes the first four lines from the sonnet.
The Language of Literature: Voices of Experience - Speaking Out
Students examine the life and works of Maya Angelou. In this langauge arts lesson, students take notes on the life of Maya Angelou and discuss the importance of her meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr. They read and analyze the symbolism in the Caged Bird.
Who Takes Care of the Maya Forest Corridor?
First graders carry out a variety of interesting comparisons between the two environments: their neighborhoods and the Marine corridor. They create a column graph that compares the threats to the safety of humans and animals within both environments.
Newton Gets Me Moving
Fourth graders experiment with Newton's three laws of motion. In this motion instructional activity, 4th graders explore the three laws of motion and then work in small groups collaborating while experimenting with these laws. Numerous resources are provided.
Students explore theories about how the Olmec civilization influenced other Mesoamerican societies. They research the Olmecs to create a museum exhibit of their findings and reflect on how an Olmec person might have understood the culture's influence.
Newton Gets Me Moving
Students discuss Newton's laws of motion. The conduct motion experiments by building "Newton Rocket Cars" from assorted materials. They propel the cars with rubber bands and wooden blocks and record the distance traveled on data sheets.
Vietnam veterans memorial
For this reading comprehension worksheet, students read a detailed factual story about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Students answer 6 questions responding to the story.
Students read the story of an aspiring African prince whose life is ruined by conflict, jealousy, and greed. They explore problem solving and apply these strategies to their own lives. Students compare characters and themes using a graphic organizer.
El Mundo Maya
Students conduct Internet research on the Mayan world, both past and present. They complete a worksheet, create a logo that represents the Mayan world, and write a Mayan legend, glyph, or music.
Concept in Number Theory
High schoolers explore the Mayan culture’s achievements in mathematics. In this secondary mathematics lesson plan, students investigate the Mayan calendar and convert from Mayan numbers to decimal numbers and vice versa. High schoolers add, subtract, multiply and divide in Mayan arithmetic.
Sculpture of the Twentieth Century
Eighth graders examine various 20th century artists and their sculptures. They view and analyze slides, compare/contrast the artists' styles, and create an original sculpture.
ELD Lesson Planner: Silly Stories
If you or pupils are in a silly mood, use this lesson plan! It is based on three "silly" Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Dragon Gets By," "Julius," and "Mrs. Brown Went to Town"), which range from pet pigs to animals raiding the pantry. It is differentiated into Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels, with three different sets of vocabulary and sentence frames for practicing skills.
More than a Cup
Learners explore the Mayan Vase. This lesson has kindergarteners describe the vase, explain what it is used for and create their own drinking cup. They begin to understand how people lived hundreds of years ago as well as how experiences influence how we live and the things we do.
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.
First graders become familiar with Mayan culture, Aztec civilization and the Inca Empire.
Keep In Touch: Communications and Satellites
Fourth graders explore communications by reading assigned space science text. In this satellite lesson, 4th graders identify the concept of orbiting and examine gravitational pull by viewing diagrams. Students are assessed based on results of an image analysis activity.