Exploring the Civilization
Using this interactive map, students can visit and read about 15 Maya sites. Have them use this chart to collect information about the sites and Mayan civilization. I love how it is combined with modern city names and country borders. Great opportunity for a modern mapping assignment for Grade 6 students. They can then look for similarities and differences between two of the modern sites for the Mayan World.
Ancient Maya Lessons
Time Line Activity
Order major event in order. Use paper or an online generator.
Key Vocabulary - Interactive Journal with QR codes to take you to internet sources that help students find the definitions.
Meeting Basic Needs - Generic Interactive Journal / Note-taking Page. Can Be used with any civilization. I usually then have students write a paragraph on how the civilization met its basic needs.
The origins of may common foods have their roots in Mayan history. Read this great article 'Top Ten Foods of the Mayan World'. Have students record their learning on this Chart. Great modern connection to an older civilization!
Explore Mayan Homes
Social Structure - Fill in notes about the social structure.
Collapse - Why do Civilizations Fall - The Fall of the Mayans. This Site is EXCELLENT
Great information with hands-on activities where students explore the concepts. Students can record their findings on this sheet and then draw their conclusions as to why the civilization collapsed. Here is the activity sheet 'Looking for Clues' I have created to help students record their notes and make their conclusions
Modern Archaeological Project - Search for the Mayan Underworld
Please feel free to use this supporting document I have created for this website.
The websiteThe Mayan People Today includes easy to read information about Modern Mayan Peoples, many of whom live in Mexico today. The largest of these groups is the Yucatecs who live on the Yucatan Peninsula.
If It were My Home - Visit this website to compare how their life would be different through mini facts.
It also has additional information about each country and some suggested books.
Mini Facts Example:
"If Mexico were your home instead of Canada your would have 3.6 times higher chance of dying in infancy. Use 89.84% less electricity?" and so on."
Compare and Contrast a day in the life.
Use Day in the Life: Mexico on the TIme for Kids
Before you show them Yesmin Bravo Sayun's day, have them document their day with identical time frames. I have created this handout for them to fill in:
A Day in My Life
Then read and take notes on a Day in the Life: India. After this, have them complete a Venn diagram where they compare their life to Yesmin Bravo Sayun's. I would follow this up with a compare and contrast paragraph.
Here is a rubric for this assignment:
Comparing My Life with Another
The Any Civilization Project- Completed in groups, pair or as an individual.
Highlights of this project:
· This project can be used with any civilization.
· It provides choice between a traditional presentation method or an opportunity to use technology.
· It provides students with an opportunity to practice research and presentation skills.
· It includes note-taking sheets to help student record / organize information.
There is also an Any Country Project, with the same choices for presentation and similar note-taking sheets.