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
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
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
Re-teach and Assess Mesoamerica: Lesson 15
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.
6th Visual & Performing Arts
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
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.
7th - 10th Social Studies & History
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
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
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 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
Sort It Out- Middle Ages or MesoAmerica
Fifth graders distinguish between the Middle Ages and Mesoamerican images. In this sorting lesson, 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
New Review Culture Connect: Experience the Culture of the World
Approach multiculturalism with this rich series of activities that will introduce your learners to the concept of culture by closely examining the behaviors, practices, and art of three distinct peoples—the Highland Maya of Guatemala, the Hmong of China and Southeast Asia, and the Kiowa and Comanche tribes of the United States.
5th - 9th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable