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Learners examine the life and works of Maya Angelou. In this langauge arts instructional activity, 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.
Support your young writers as they explore the freedom and creative potential of a free verse poem. Based on a model poem written by Maya Angelou, this graphic organizer does an excellent job of helping learners form their unique ideas into poetic language and vivid imagery.
Are these triangles congruent? How do you know? These are the fundamental questions being addressed in this resource. Young geometers explore what information needs to be given to create and show congruent triangles for displaying on a school bulletin board. 
In Guatemala, around AD 600-900, a vase was created. This vase is the inspiration for a lesson that incorporates expressive language skills, writing skills, and social studies. Children analyze the images on the vase and then choose one of three different activities that require them to write to persuade an audience. A follow-up peer editing session and group discussion are both suggested.
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.
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.
Introduce the first team sport to your Spanish class. You'll need to spend a day or two with computers in order to complete the WebQuest. Class members take a tour of Mesoamerica and everything related to the game with the interactive, created by the Mint Museum of Art. The resource outlines a process for looking at the information and includes a long list of questions to guide exploration.
Middle schoolers 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.
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.
Students discuss New York City architectural developments.  In this architectural history lesson, students create Reader's Theater scripts based on imaginary conversations between two women who contributed to New York City's architecture.  They view videos about the experiences and contributions of both women, and make comparisons between the two.
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. 
Fourth graders experiment with Newton's three laws of motion.  In this motion lesson, 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.
Young scholars 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.
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students read a detailed factual story about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Students answer 6 questions responding to the story.
Students explore the Mayan culture’s achievements in mathematics.  In this secondary mathematics lesson, students investigate the Mayan calendar and convert from Mayan numbers to decimal numbers and vice versa.  Students add, subtract, multiply and divide in Mayan arithmetic. 
Students study the achievements of Egyptians in hieroglyphics and mathematics. In this algebra lesson, students multiply and divide numbers using Egyptian doubling and addition methods. They rewrite fractions using the Egyptian style.
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.
To break down complex themes, discuss a sense of self, and learn a bit about Mayan culture, learners start through art analysis. They analyze a Mayan incense burner, discuss themes, and then write a short story that includes themes from discussion. Great pictures and a full two-day procedure make for a very nice lesson. 
Eighth graders compare their local ecological zone to the tropical rainforest. In this natural ecology lesson, 8th graders complete an activity about the differences in ecological zones. They compare their biome to the Guatemalan rainforest.

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