Got Your Hieroglyph On It
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Got Your Hieroglyph On It

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will use visual critique skills to analyze and discuss the image of the Vase with Palace Scene. They will pay particular attention to the use of Maya cultural symbols and design in the decoration.

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Putting Up Resistance
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Putting Up Resistance

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 30 minute lesson

Students will learn how a resist technique was used to create the finishing touches on the Warrior Figure with Trophy Head, then make their own designs using a crayon and watercolor resist.

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Power Designs in Resist
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Power Designs in Resist

Secondary (grades 6-12)
Two 50 minute lessons

Students will examine and analyze the image of the Warrior Figure with Trophy Head, paying particular attention to the body art designs applied as a resist on the figure. Students will research body art and modern tattoo designs and create their own resist artworks.

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Web Map of Understanding
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Web Map of Understanding

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will critically examine and discuss the Vase with Palace Scene and use clues they find about the object, as well as researched information, to create web maps that show their findings.

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The Gift of Giving
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The Gift of Giving

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will explore the significance of the illustrations on the Maya Vase with Palace Scene, then write a short creative or personal story in which the theme of gift giving plays a prominent role.

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Maya-Style Drinking Vessels
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Maya-Style Drinking Vessels

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will explore the meaning and artistic characteristics of the illustrations on the Maya Vase with Palace Scene, then create their own Maya-style drinking vessels complete with realistic scenes.

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What a Gift!
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What a Gift!

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine the artistic characteristics of the Maya Vase with Palace Scene, locate Guatemala on a map of the world, and identify defining features of the country.

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Snakes and Stones
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Snakes and Stones

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
Two 25 minute lessons

Students will make egg carton snakes as they explore the cultural meaning of snakes in Mexican culture through the two Stone Serpent Heads.

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What Shapes Can You See?
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What Shapes Can You See?

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 30 minute lesson

Students will investigate the use of shapes in Breastplate and combine basic shapes to make an interesting picture of their own.

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Similar and Different
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Similar and Different

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine the artistic characteristics of the Plaque, locate Panama on a map of the world, and compare and contrast the Plaque and the civilization/culture that created it with another art object and its associated civilization/culture.

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More Than a Cup
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More Than a Cup

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 30 minute lesson

Students will explore the artistic characteristics and function of the Maya Vessel with Palace Scene, then create their own personal drinking vessel using Styrofoam cups and an assortment of artistic materials!

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Comparing Cultures
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Comparing Cultures

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine the artistic characteristics of the Warrior Figure, locate Costa Rica on a world map, and identify defining features of the country.

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