King for a Day

Grades 5–8, 50 minutes

Mountain View School by Mike ParksIntegrates with studies of

  • Ancient civilizations

Program Description

A live, interactive webcast uses Skype to highlight the monuments, buildings, and symbols associated with royal power in Maya and Aztec civilizations.

Students learn to read the built landscape to understand the responsibilities and benefits of leadership. A museum educator brings a video camera into the exhibition to show examples of a codex, architectural models, rare stele, altars, and a obsidian sword as he asks and answers students’ questions. A companion PowerPoint slide show provides maps and photographic support to put the artifacts in context. The class is broadcast to your classroom from the Encounters with the Americas galleries.

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      —Teacher, Grade 5, Arlington




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