Mesoamerica Teacher Resources

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Young scholars examine the role of women in Mesoamerica. They watch segments of the Discovery video "Mesoamerica: The History of Central America". After conducting further research pertaining to specific Mayan women, they write essays based on their findings.
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.
Students research the life of a powerful woman of the Maya Empire. They analyze the role of women in Maya society and compare them to powerful women of today in an essay.
Use writing to examine Mesoamerica with this short-answer exercise. Informational text isn't provided to help scholars answer these three questions, so you could either provide it or make it an individual research project. Learners compare sedentary, semi-sedentary, and non-sedentary cultures, explain the environmental status before Columbus' arrival, and describe South America's geography. This won't keep your scholars engaged or entertained, but the prompts are clear and well-written.
Your historians and social anthropologists study the relationship between peoples of ancient Africa and ancient Mesoamerica. They relate in written or verbal form the African presence in the ancient Americas. They create their own Colossal Head of Olmec and display the final products around the school with paragraph descriptions.
Sixth graders explore world history by researching the geography of the Americas. In this ancient civilization lesson, 6th graders identify the Aztec people, their reign of power, and the location of their civilization. Students complete a Mesoamerica assessment worksheet after researching the era.
Sixth graders explore ancient civilizations. For this social studies lesson, 6th graders research the civilizations of Mesoamerica. Students write questions they have about the civilizations and complete a shape book.
Sixth graders explore culture by analyzing the Mayan calendar. In this world history lesson plan, 6th graders discuss the geography of Mesoamerica, the communities that lived there, and the legends they are famous for. Students utilize their computers to research the Aztec, Olmec and Mayan people and to view the Mayan calendar.
Students create a map of Mesoamerica using construction paper, clay or by drawing it.  In this World Geography lesson, students determine the location of Mesoamerica, make a map, then present their map to their class.
Fifth graders distinguish between the Middle Ages and Mesoamerican images. In this sorting lesson plan, 5th graders view pictures of the Middle Ages and Mesoamerica and sort them into the correct group. Students use higher level thinking skills to distinguish between the pictures.
Students demonstrate knowledge of early Middle American civilizations. They study Mesoamerican i religions, governments, and achievements. They identify geographies of North and South America.

New Review Maya Ball

Sure the ancient Mayan civilization had an advanced calendar and mathematical system, but did you know that they also played a great team sport like basketball? Invite your learners to discover the great ballcourt at Chichen Itza and ballgame of the Mayans with this engaging set of worksheets.
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. 
Learners gain a better understanding of the cultural diversity in the northern region of Central America. They engage in a lesson which focuses on research, archaeology, historical videos, and travel highlights.
Fifth graders recreate Mesoamerican Codex Books using brown paper bags, paints, glue, an iron, and books on Mesoamerican Glyphs in this 5th grade lesson in the Art classroom. Resource links and book references are provided for lesson enrichment.
Students research, archeology, historical videos, and travel highlights in the northern region of Central America. They identify the various archaeological / historical sites along with a date of probable existence and the title of the site.
Find out what every anthropologist already knows by reading the book, Guns, Germs & Steel. This presentation is to accompany a reading of chapter 14 from the book, it helps define basic concepts and terms related to the effect of agriculture on society, such as religion and government. Lots of good examples are used throughout the presentation. Basic Anthropology 101!
Learners create a sculpture inspired by the masks, pendants, or human and animal forms found in ancient Indian art of the Americas. They focus on the techniques of metalworking, especially repousse.
Fifth graders sort pictures according to whatever theme the class is working on. In this classification lesson, 5th graders observe pictures and sort them according to concepts or attributes.
Sixth graders explore world geography by viewing maps on the Internet. In this topography lesson, 6th graders utilize Google maps to view physical features of the Americas and label important areas such as the Great Plains, Appalachians and Rocky Mountains. Students review a list of geographic vocabulary terms and complete a worksheet in class.

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