Grades 4–7, 60 minutes
Integrates with studies of
- Primary characteristics of a civilization
- The Maya
- Ancient civilizations
Investigate Classic Period Maya culture and people through the clues left behind in their tools, buildings, and writing. Learn how archaeologists and other scientists unravel the mysteries of past cultures and what they mean today. This presentation encourages student participation, including discussion and handling artifacts. The class takes place in the Encounters with the Americas galleries.
“They connect directly to our benchmarks and curriculum.”
- Free Teacher Guide contains new vocabulary, readings, and activities, such as having students design their own civilizations.
- Exhibit Extras engages students and chaperones during their visit.
- Gallery Hunt
- Watch a video on the Multimedia page: what a colorful Maya mural in the gallery reveals about ancient Maya music.