Mesoamerica Teacher Resources
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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.
6th - 12th Languages 10 Views 10 Downloads
Writing Exercise: Mesoamerica
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.
7th - 10th Social Studies & History 4 Views 22 Downloads
Mesoamerica: The History of Central America
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.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 15 Views 82 Downloads
Re-teach and Assess Mesoamerica: Lesson 15
Sixth graders explore world history by researching the geography of the Americas. In this ancient civilization activity, 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.
6th Visual & Performing Arts 5 Views 16 Downloads
Agricultural Societies: From Egalitarianism to Kleptocracy The Evolution of Government and Religion
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.
12th - Higher Ed Social Studies & History 3 Views 12 Downloads
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.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History 20 Views 23 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The Upside of Isolated Civilizations
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.
4 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 3 Downloads
Where is Mesoamerica?
Students create a map of Mesoamerica using construction paper, clay or by drawing it. In this World Geography lesson plan, students determine the location of Mesoamerica, make a map, then present their map to their class.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History 10 Views 21 Downloads
Sort It Out- Middle Ages or MesoAmerica
Fifth graders distinguish between the Middle Ages and Mesoamerican images. In this sorting instructional activity, 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.
5th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 8 Downloads
Walking in Their Shoes: Civilizations in the Americas: Lesson 13
Sixth graders explore culture by analyzing the Mayan calendar. In this world history lesson, 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.
6th Social Studies & History 10 Views 27 Downloads
East to West: Africa's Influence on Mexico
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.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History 6 Views 14 Downloads
Introduction to the Maya Civilization
Students investigate the Maya civilization. For this Maya civilization lesson, students view a PowerPoint presentation and record notes. Students explore several important landmarks, such as the "Magician's Palace" at Uxmal.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History 26 Views 201 Downloads
Pair Research in Mesoamerica: Lesson 14
Sixth graders explore ancient civilizations. In this social studies lesson, 6th graders research the civilizations of Mesoamerica. Students write questions they have about the civilizations and complete a shape book.
6th Social Studies & History 3 Views 3 Downloads
New Review Incan Times
How did 168 conquistadors take down the Incan empire? Through several activities, from presenting mini-lectures based on an article to designing newspapers about the Spanish conquest, your young historians will learn about the Incan civilization and culture, as well as its eventual downfall as an empire.
7th - 9th Social Studies & History 26 Views 18 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Walking in Their Shoes: Civilizations in the Americas: Lesson 2
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.
6th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 8 Downloads
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 activity.
5th - 9th Math 30 Views 74 Downloads CCSS: Designed