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Students will learn how two cultures express ideas of remembrance and honor ancestors by investigating Mexico's Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, and America's Memorial Day, as well as the Vietnam Memorial. They will learn about the artist Maya Lin and her design of the Vietnam Memorial.
Students make an ancient Maya travel guide. For this ancient Maya lesson, students use knowledge from previous lessons to design a travel guide. They include important information for a traveler who wants to visit an ancient Maya city. They describe how to get around, include pictures, and let the traveler know about art and architecture they might encounter.
The introduction of this lesson plan requires reading a from The Maya by Jaqueline Dembar Greene. Learners sketch a Mayan during the reading. Teaching strategies include direct instruction, grouping the students for discussions, reasearch, and a culminating activity requiring groups to create a terrarium in which to plant seeds representing Mayan foods.
Students investigate the power of title and poetry in a Langston Hughes' poem. In this poetry analysis lesson, students discuss the poem 'I, Too' for its title and content. Students use the variation in English Words and Phrases website to analyze the poem. Students listen to a recording of the poem and discuss the poet's choice of language. Students also read the poem 'Still I Rise' by Maya Angelou and product a Venn diagram to represent similarities and differences between the two poems.
This Fun Trivia interactive, online quiz may be engaging for readers who want to self-assess their basic understanding of Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings; however, I do not recommend it as a class assignment given the lack of authority required for making these web-based tests.
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.
Young scholars are introduced to the Mayan Long Count calendar system. They work in groups to calculate the date of their birth and use the calendar to determine important Mayan dates.
Students, working in groups, research different aspects of the Mayan society of the classical period. They study the rise and fall of the civilization and present the information in multimedia presentations.
Fifth graders investigate the Mayan culture, number system, alphabet, hieroglyphics, history, civilization, artistry, and sports in this series of lessons.
Students compare the traditional Mayan clothing to their everyday clothing. In this multicultural appreciation lesson, students look at images of traditional Mayan clothing and discuss its importance.
In this literacy worksheet, students read a short story entitled, "Maya and the Missing Pudding." They use the reading to solve the mystery and answer 4 comprehension questions.
Learners research the Mayan civilization and complete an artifact dig. In this archeology lesson, students watch an IMAX video about the Mayan civilization. Learners discuss archaeology related vocabulary and then work in teams to complete an artifact excavation. Students then work to put the pieces of the artifacts back together like a puzzle.
For this Maya worksheet, students fill out a web diagram about the rise and fall of Maya civilization, write a short answer with support about the disappearance of the Maya city-states, and write about how key people and terms relate to Maya civilization.
First graders explore the work of conservationists and how they make sure animals and people are safe in their habitats. They identify the rules, laws, jobs, and people who help them feel safe and keep them healthy. Students explore who protects the rainforests through the use of literature.
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.
How have linguists and archaeologists been able to decode the Mayan written language? We find that the Mayan numeric system was the first clue into Mayan language. Part three in this four-part series also touches upon Mayan astronomy and the linguists who were able to decode and read ancient Mayan glyphs.
How was physical isolation an incredible opportunity for the ancient Egyptians, the Mayans of Mesoamerica, and the Medieval Japanese? Show your class three distinct civilizations that, while isolated from other nations, experienced great cultural success and achievement. Before presenting the video, try asking your young historians what they think the benefits of isolationism would be, and what physical circumstances could allow a society to remain isolated. 
Uncover the mystery of the Maya through a blend of recreated dramatizations, video footage, and explanatory narration. In part one of this four-part series we learn how the first scientific explorers discovered the ancient ruins deep in the South American jungle. A sure winner with you learners grades 6-9.
Students explore the characteristics of a Mayan vase. In this visual arts lesson, students view the Mayan art piece "Vase with a Palace Serene," and create their own drinking vessels. Students use various art supplies to create a celebratory scene on a drinking cup.
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. 

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