The Maya


Social Studies Middle School The Maya
Students are introduced to the Maya civilization by learning about El Castillo in Chichen Itza. Then they learn about where the Maya civilization started and spread as well as some of its prominent features. Next, they explore and explain theories on what led to the end of the Maya civilization. Finally, they learn about Maya descendants today and consider what their own future descendants might think about society today.

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Overview

In this experience, students are introduced to the Maya civilization by learning about El Castillo in Chichen Itza. Then they learn about where the Maya civilization started and spread as well as some of its prominent features. Next, they explore and explain theories on what led to the end of the Maya civilization. Finally, they learn about Maya descendants today and consider what their own future descendants might think about society today.

Objectives

  • Describe the significant features of the Maya civilization.
  • Explain some of the theories about how the Maya civilization ended.


Have you ever thought like an architect and tried to imagine how you would build a huge structure or building? Does a monument like the Arch in St. Louis or a building like the Statue of Liberty amaze you? In this experience, you will learn about the Maya civilization, which built temples and structures that were far more advanced than many built in the past century!

Objectives

  • Describe the significant features of the Maya civilization.
  • Explain some of the theories about how the Maya civilization ended.




Serpent Sculpture, El Castillo


To begin your study of Maya civilization, watch El Castillo, Chichen Itza.


Post something you learned and something you want to learn about the Maya civilization.



Discuss student responses. Hopefully the video has created an interest in learning more about the Maya civilization, which developed a place such as El Castillo, Chichen Itza.


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