Maya Civilization

Long before the Aztecs made their mark in Mesoamerica, there was the Maya civilization. Join Tim and Moby as they explore this highly advanced pre-Columbian culture. You’ll learn why the Maya civilization wasn’t exactly an empire, but still constituted a unified culture. You’ll also find out about the Maya script, the only complete written language developed by indigenous Americans! Plus, Tim will describe the role of religion in Maya society, explaining how it drove advances in architecture, math, art, and astronomy. Finally, you’ll get a picture of how the Mayas were slowly subdued by the Spanish empire. Will Tim’s report on the Mayas succeed in appeasing the god of maize? Watch and see!
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Ancient Civilizations of Latin America Lesson Plan: Inca, Maya, and Aztec Civilizations

In this lesson plan for grade 6 through 12, students use BrainPOP resources to learn and synthesize information about the ancient civilizations of Latin America. They will create a three circle Venn diagram to compare and contrast the Inca, Maya, and Aztec civilizations. Students will also design a "graffiti board" on which they write messages and draw pictures to illustrate their understanding. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Maya Civilization Background Information for Teachers and Parents

This page contains information to support educators and families in teaching K-3 students about Maya Civilization The information is designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. movie Maya Civilization. It explains the type of content covered in the movie, provides ideas for how teachers and parents can develop related understandings, and suggests how other BrainPOP Jr. resources can be used to scaffold and extend student learning. See more »

World History Lesson Plan: Uncovering Essential Questions

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 5-12, students select a world history topic and study it through the lens of an essential question. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

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