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Fifth graders investigate the Mayan culture, number system, alphabet, hieroglyphics, history, civilization, artistry, and sports in this series of lessons.
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.
In this reading comprehension with glossary worksheet, learners 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.
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.
Students study vocabulary associated with the Mayan Empire; its art, daily life, inventions, and religious beliefs. They examine why the Mayan culture is considered to be one of the most advanced of the ancient civilizations by completing a research associated worksheet while working at the assigned websites.
Fourth graders navigate the Internet and visit a specific website listed in this lesson. 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.
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.
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.
Fourth graders explore the Mayan civilization. They take a virtual field trip and explore the various aspects of Mayan culture. Students discuss the Mayan gods and examine hieroglyphic inscriptions.
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. They write five computation word problems using the Mayan system after completing the teacher lead portion of the lesson plan.
The introduction of this lesson requires reading a from The Maya by Jaqueline Dembar Greene. Learners sketch a Mayan during the reading. Teaching strategies include direct instruction, grouping the pupils for discussions, reasearch, and a culminating activity requiring groups to create a terrarium in which to plant seeds representing Mayan foods.
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. Students create a presentation about the Mayans which they share with their classmates.
Students use the Internet to research Mayan culture, religion and economics. They develop a logbook to record their research.
Students examine Mayan contributions to the world. In this Mesoamerican culture lesson, 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.
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.
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.
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.
In this Mayans worksheet, students read about the Mayans on a web site given, then complete a set of 10 related comprehension questions.
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.
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 worksheet. The opening information and sequential questioning attempt to lead learners through understanding ancient calendars. These calendars can be overwhelming at first glance because they used a base-20 number system. The worksheet breaks this down with graphic organizers while also reviewing and comparing it to our base-10 number system. While many Common Core standards are listed as identifiers, it is may be a stretch for fifth graders. Learners need a firm grounding and experience with larger numbers and place value to truly grasp this activity. 

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