Olmec Teacher Resources
Find Olmec educational ideas and activities
Showing 1 - 20 of 73 resources
Lesson Plan: Communicating With Body Language
The Olmec were an ancient people native to Mexico who lived from 1000-500 BC. Young artists examine the Olmec piece Seated Figure to analyze the use of body language to communicate a tone or feeling. They then use clay or play-dough to...
K - 5th Visual & Performing Arts
The Mother Culture of Mexico: The Olmecs
Sixth graders study the Olmec civilization. They develop a map of Mexico and a map of the area of the Olmec civilization. They research Olmec art, religion, and architecture. They construct Olmec symbols including giant heads, altars,...
6th Social Studies & History
Central American Immigrants to the United States: Refugees from Unrest
Students identify the major aspects of Olmec and Mayan civilzations, including economic, political, and religious. They list contributions of these civilizations. Students identify the Central American countries where the United States...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
The Earliest Native Americans
The ancient Native American culture groups is such a fascinating topic to teach. Provide learners with a basic understanding of the people and cultures that shaped the prehistoric Americas. Paleo-Indians, Missisipians, Clovis, Olmec,...
9th - 11th Social Studies & History
Ch 2: Early China, Nubia, Meroe, and The First Civilizations in the Americas 2000-221 BCE
While this presentation is somewhat lacking, it may be just enough to supplement a lesson on early civilizations. Young historians provide a brief overview of the politics, society, and technology of ancient China, Nubia, and...
8th - 10th Social Studies & History
Ancient Mexico: Mayan, Incan, and Aztec Civilizations
A basic overview of the early civilizations of Central America, this slideshow would be a good foundation for a lesson on the characteristics of these three tribes. It would fold into a unit on world cultures or European exploration...
7th - 10th Social Studies & History
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...
6th Social Studies & History
Mapping the Americas
Celebrate the geography of the Americas and develop map skills through a series of activities focused on the Western Hemisphere. Learners study everything from earthquakes and volcanoes of the Americas and the relationship between...
3rd - 6th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Dia de los Muertos Educator Resource Guide
What are the origins of el Dia de los Muertos, and how is this tradition observed in contemporary celebrations? With a variety of lesson plans and suggested hands-on activities, here is an excellent resource to reference as you prepare...
4th - 7th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Pre-Colonial Native American Groups
Students investigate U.S. history by researching the Internet and taking a test. In this American Indian group lesson plan, students identify the many specific Native American tribes and their geographic locations. Students research the...
4th - 6th Visual & Performing Arts
World History and Geography to 1500 A.D.
Here's a great resource for your curriculum library. The 240-page packet, organized into units by topics, includes sample lesson plans, links to primary and secondary source documents, worksheets, activities, and sample assessments.
6th - 10th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable