Lesson Plan Links


PBS - Ancient Maya through Art - explore Maya culture through art, architecture, and the heritage of modern Maya people http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/lessons_plans/ancient-maya-knowledge-through-art-2/


Digging Deeper: J&P Voelkel’s collection of  teachers’ resources and lesson plans, designed to bring alive the Maya world for grades 5-9. http://jaguarstones.com/teachers/lessonplans.html


Doña Marina/Malinche (Cortés’ translator): Traitor, Victim, or Survivor?

A) Lesson plan,  B) Primary source pack


Writing in Maya Glyphs (45 pages, 2.96 MB)

Using Chapter 2 in this PDF, students in grades K-12 can learn to write their names in ancient Maya glyphs.


Mesoballgame.org: four lesson plans linked to the award winning website on the Mesoamerican ballgame:

1. Paper face masks

2. Clay effigy

3. Headdress & costumes

4. Ballgame figurines


Play Bul: Recreate the Ancient Maya warrior game of chance. For a description of the game and how to play click here, for more info click here.


Weaving: Build a simple backstrap loom and weave the way the Maya did. Project instructions here.



Free Maya Lesson Pans

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Free Mayan lesson plans for middle school