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I know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Essay Questions
In this literature worksheet, students respond to 15 short answer and essay questions about Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Students may also link to an online interactive quiz on the novel at the bottom of the page.
I know Why the Caged Bird Sings Quiz
For this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 12 multiple choice questions about Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Peoples and Civilizations of the Americas: 600-1500
Provide an overview of the religion, life ways, wealth, decline, and economy of several early civilizations. culture groups covered are the Aztecs, Teotihuacan, Maya, Anasazi, Mississippian, Chokia, Moche, and Inca. The only thing this presentation is missing is images. There are so many rich images available it's a shame they aren't included. Add them yourself and its a top notch resource.
Phenomenal Lesson for the Phenomenal Woman
It's true: women are phenomenal. Use current works from Maya Angelou and Des'ree to spend some time celebrating women. This would be a great resource to use while studying the evolution of women's rights. As an extension activity, consider adding a written component. Perhaps your learners could write about an aspect of themselves they feel is phenomenal.
Let's Go To Mexico
Students are able to use the Internet to conduct research. They research Mexican culture and traditions. Students compare and contrast Mexican and U.S. food and clothing. They convert United States currency to Mexican pesos. Students create a travel brochure about Mexico and present an oral report from gathered research.
Science and Society: Synthetic Elements
In this synthetic elements worksheet, learners read a selection, "Maya Lin's Civil Rights Memorial," then decipher the main ideas. Students are asked to support their main ideas with notes and phrases that prove their understanding of the topic.
Archaeology and Erosion
Sixth graders study how erosion affects archaeology sites. In this investigative lesson, 6th graders construct a model of a pyramid using sugar cubes. They will investigate in groups how water, wind, and sunlight affects their model using a control model and a camera to collect data. They will collect data over a 5 day period and report their findings.
Inside The Pyramids
Students research the use of pyramids in different cultures. In this ancient civilizations lesson, students watch "Inside the Pyramids." Students conduct further research on the topic and create magazine articles that feature their findings.
Using Poetry to End Name Calling
Learners explore language arts by participating in poetry writing activities. In this conflict management lesson, students discuss the emotions that they feel when being teased and discussed. Learners read a Maya Angelou poem titled "Still I Rise" and answer study questions about the content.
Introducing Metaphors Through Poetry
Students define and identify examples of metaphors. They read and analyze the metaphors used in poetry by Langston Hughes, Margaret Atwood, Naomi Shihab Nye, and others. Students create their own metaphors and apply this tool to their own writing projects.
Clay Wipe Away: Ceramics
Discuss Pre-Colombian South American art with your class, then get out the clay and create some. Pupils practice using the wipe-away technique to create a ceramic tile similar to those made by the Maya. Great web links and a comprehensive materials list make this a great lesson for any art class.
Students read and investigate the life a person who wants to be a prince. in this Abd al-Rahmen Ibrahima lesson, students recognize the character traits that effected the would be prince's life.
Pre-Colonial Native American Groups
Students investigate U.S. history by researching the Internet and taking a test. In this American Indian group lesson, students identify the many specific Native American tribes and their geographic locations. Students research the web and view PowerPoint presentations before completing a Native American test.
Household Hazardous Waste
Students survey their homes for hazardous materials and tally the results as a class. They use the Web to find out about proper waste disposal methods. They create pamphlets or multimedia presentations showing what they have learned.
Let's Travel to a Mayan Pyramid
Fourth graders access and navigate the Canadian Museum of Civilization's website and research the Mayan civilization. They explore the website, complete a graphic organizer, and write a paragraph based on interesting facts they found on the website.
Aztec Feather Shields
Fifth graders create Aztec Feather Shields as an enrichment activity with the Maya, Aztec, Inca Core Knowledge Unit. They model their creations after the warrior shields used in ritualistic battles with other cultures.
Use this worksheet to help your class identify proper nouns. They circle the proper nouns in 16 sentences. Answer key is provided.
Students interpret figurative language. In this language lesson, students are read the poem "I Love the Look of Words" by Maya Angelou and are to find examples of hyperbole and personification in the poem. Students then rotate among three small groups to complete activities that practice interpreting figurative language.
Make a Maya Math Problem
Sixth graders will be highly engaged in learning about Mayan notation. They will write their math problems using Mayan symbols on separate sheets of paper and groups exchange papers to try and solve each other's problems. Resource links and sugestions for extensions are included. Sure to be a hit with your class!
M: My Name Is Maya
Elmo and Maya Angelou discuss words that start with the letter M. What a fun way to explore M! It's short, but sweet.