Ancient Mayan Civilization - Closed Captioned
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Let’s hear it for the Mayans and their many accomplishments! They have given us many gifts – an accurate 365-day calendar, their glorious cities that have stood the test of time, a lasting body of knowledge about the night sky, and maybe best of all – chocolate! Step back in time with us as we explore what it meant to live in the time of the Ancient Mayans.
Video length: 22:17 minutes.
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The Ancient Mayan Ball Game
Making a Mayan Structure
Important Ancient Mayan Cities
Draw A Scene
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Ancient Mayan Civilization
Create a timeline that shows what was happening in each of the Ancient Civilizations at certain points in time. For example, who created calendars and at what point in time? Who was building pyramids and when?
Have students print out a map of the Ancient Mayan Civilization and identify where the sites in the video are located.
Ancient Civilization Comparisons
Divide your class into smaller groups, with each group responsible for further researching how each ancient civilization has benefited the world. They need to bring props to show (photos, food, items that represents tools and discoveries by each group).
Mayan Ball Game
Have students research the all-important ball game that was such an important part of their lives. Try to write out the rules, and try to play the game.
Create a diorama of a Mayan city.
Have students compare the structure and purpose(s) of the Egyptian vs. Mayan pyramids. Discuss how they are similar and different. Discuss the techniques used to build each style of pyramid.
International Landmark Geometry
Identify geometric shapes found in famous structures such as Chichen Itza. Create structures using various geometric shapes (popsicle stick pyramid, toothpick tower, etc.)
Contact your local college or university to see if they have an archaeology program. If so, see if your class can visit them and learn what has been discovered by structures and buildings left behind different ancient civilizations.
After studying about a specific ancient civilization (Ancient Greece, Romans, Mayans, Egypt, etc. ), have a class discussion about what a day in the life of a person would be like.
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Topics Covered In This Video
Who were the Mayans?
Where did they live?
The many Mayan accomplishments
Mayan night sky observatories
Stelae & glyphs
Warfare & territory expansion
Mayan cuisine & lifestyle
Bartering & valuables