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Mystery of the Maya
Students research the Mayan civilization and complete an artifact dig. In this archeology instructional activity, students watch an IMAX video about the Mayan civilization. Students discuss archaeology related vocabulary and then work in teams to complete an artifact excavation.
4th - 6th Social Studies & History 4 Views 22 Downloads
Reading: The Mayans 1
In this reading comprehension with glossary worksheet, students read a passage about the Mayan civilization and the accompanying glossary and illustrations, and then identify true statements from the reading and by inference. Students answer 15 true or false statements.
4th - 5th Language Arts 31 Views 431 Downloads
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.
4th Social Studies & History 3 Views 15 Downloads
Prying Into the Past
Fourth graders navigate the Internet and visit a specific website listed in this instructional activity. They visit the Mayan Kids web site and research information on the Mayan culture. They present the information that they have learned on the website to the class.
4th Social Studies & History 3 Views 2 Downloads
Multiculturalism Through African Folk Tales And Mayan Myths
Students study the myths of various African cultures and of the Mayan people. They identify unique characteristics of African myths and Mayan myths. They define and recognize the style and tone of the Mayan myths and create their own myths and folk tales.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 37 Downloads
Aztec and Mayan Mythology
Sixth graders write myths to show tolerance in creation. They read from both the Aztec and Mayan eras and develop an understanding of the similarities and differences of these two closely related cultures. They track the travels of the peoples through Central Mexico and Central America looking at the changes and transformations of the groups over time.
6th Social Studies & History 18 Views 66 Downloads
Students explore global cultures by participating in an online virtual tour. In this Mayan history lesson, students utilize the Second Life software to view images and videos explaining the culture of the Mayans, their geographical location and the time frame they existed in.
5th - 6th Visual & Performing Arts 11 Views 35 Downloads
Fifth graders investigate the Maya's as mathematicians. In this Mayan math lessons, 5th graders work with the ancient Mayan numbering system by comparing it to the American Number System. They tell the differences and similarities between the two systems after watching a PowerPoint presentation.
5th Math 11 Views 58 Downloads
Mayan Farming Practices
The introduction of this activity 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.
4th - 9th Science 3 Views 12 Downloads
Students examine Mayan contributions to the world. In this Mesoamerican culture lesson plan, students view a slideshow about the Maya and then peruse books about the accomplishments of the culture. Students create charts that highlight Mayan accomplishments as well as details about their collapse.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History 5 Views 46 Downloads
"Mayan For a Day"
Students explore global culture by completing on-line activities. In this Mayan history lesson, students identify the Mayan people, where they lived, and when their culture went extinct. Students research the culture on the Internet and complete an on-line quiz before writing a story about Mayans.
3rd - 4th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 7 Downloads
Exploring the Past: Mayan, Aztec, and Incan Civilizations
Fifth graders research the Mayan, Aztec, and Incan Civilizations and identify contributions they made to modern society. In this ancient civilizations lesson plan, 5th graders look at maps of where they were located.
5th Social Studies & History 8 Views 54 Downloads
Old Mayan Mural
Students read a story called Scientists Discover Oldest Mayan Mural and answer vocabulary and comprehension questions about it. In this current events Mayan mural lesson plan, students respond to literature by answering questions, recalling details, sharing facts, researching locations of maps, investigating symbols/hieroglyphics associated with the ancient Mayan language, and explore history on various websites.
3rd - 6th Social Studies & History 8 Views 34 Downloads
Decoding the First Alphabets: Not as Simple as A, B, C
Explore early writing systems and their significance in understanding the development of past civilizations. In groups, learners research early writing systems and then present their findings to the rest of the class. They teach their classmates how to write their names in the early style of writing.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 35 Views 301 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Happy 14th B’ak’tun, the start of the next Great Mayan cycle
The ancient Mayans had a complex calendar and number system with a rich history. In fact, the date 12/21/2012 was the center of much controversy as to whether or not it was the end of time. It wasn't the end of time, but it was the end of a Mayan calendar cycle as well as the inspiration for this learning exercise.
5th - 9th Math 23 Views 68 Downloads CCSS: Designed
A Maya Masterpiece
Students analyze the symbols presented in a Maya artifact. They create collages that depict a theme related to contemporary life in their community, and write brief analyses explaining the symbolism of the images they chose.
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 11 Views 50 Downloads