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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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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Say What You Need to Say in Bas-Relief
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Say What You Need to Say in Bas-Relief

Secondary (grades 6-12)
Two 50 minute lessons

Students will examine and discuss the Stela and note that it is an artifact that tells us a story about a powerful Maya ruler. Students will create a symbolic representation of their own personal story, recording how they wish to be remembered.

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Legacy on a Bumper Sticker
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Legacy on a Bumper Sticker

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine and discuss the Stela, then compare and contrast ways historical legacy is recorded. Students will read clues from the Stela, then create a bumper sticker recording something about themselves.

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Puzzling It Out: The Work of History
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Puzzling It Out: The Work of History

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will participate in activities that help them understand how historians take different pieces of a puzzle and put them together to learn about the past.

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Journalism 101
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Journalism 101

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will learn about key elements in a journalistic article or newscast. They will then write articles or produce a newscast about the Maya Stela.

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The Powerful Man
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The Powerful Man

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 40 minute lesson

Children will examine the images of the Stela that show the man depicted was a powerful ruler. The teacher will then help the children craft a few stories about him from two different perspectives, followed by children acting out each of these stories.

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Wearing Something Special
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Wearing Something Special

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 40 minute lesson

Children will examine images of the Stela and learn how the area where the man depicted lived had an influence on what he’s wearing.

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