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Year 6  Mayan city-building  game  and teaching notes

Year 6 Mayan city-building game and teaching notes

This is an exciting city-building game set at the height of Mayan civilisation in which children strive to build the most extravagant temple through expanding their cities. This game will give children a hands-on experience of how settlements develop, especially the interdependence that is present in large human settlements. It provides children with human geography objectives as well as providing a great basis for some non-fiction writing afterwards (ideas, templates and activities are provided). This pack includes game rules, game tokens, ideas for non-fiction writing, templates for non-fiction writing.

By jetc

PBL- Pearson's Reading Street's Unit Project "BoomTown"

PBL- Pearson's Reading Street's Unit Project "BoomTown"

Students will be able to: 1. Identify the characteristics of a boom town 2. Describe a boom town 3. Interconnect a boom town to a growing economy 4. List businesses connected to boom towns ELL: Ell's will be able to discern the traits of boom towns and identify jobs related to boom towns. Also, the definition to typically hard words will be explained to them: cooper, miller, blacksmith, tanner. History: Connections between old jobs and last names.

By herappleness

Maya Civilization Crossword Puzzle

Maya Civilization Crossword Puzzle

This crossword puzzle on the Maya Civilization is a fun vocabulary review for students and contains the following: 1. Blank Version without word bank 2. Blank Version with word bank 3. Answer Key Vocabulary Words: ♦ Codex ♦ El Castillo ♦ Glyphs ♦ Itzamna ♦ Kukulkan ♦ Kul ahau ♦ Pacal the Great ♦ Pedro de Alvarado ♦ Stelae

By ScienceSpot

Inca Empire Crossword Puzzle

Inca Empire Crossword Puzzle

This crossword puzzle on the Inca Empire is a fun vocabulary review for students and contains the following: 1. Blank Version without word bank 2. Blank Version with word bank 3. Answer Key Vocabulary Words: ♦ Atahualpa ♦ Coricancha ♦ Francisco Pizarro ♦ Inti ♦ Machu Picchu ♦ Manco Capac ♦ Pachacuti ♦ Sapa Inca ♦ Tokapu ♦ Villac Umu ♦ Viracocha

By ScienceSpot

U.S. History: The Original Americans ~ A Power-point & Map Activity~

U.S. History: The Original Americans ~ A Power-point & Map Activity~

This full color ,with pictures, 30 slide power-point is a great intro to the 13 Original colonies. I use this to remind students of how people first populated North America and make the connection to the 13 British colonies in America. Students will briefly review topics like: Beringia, the Vikings exploration, Silk Road problems leading to exploration,Columbus, the European race to the New World and the Triangular Trade system. After this lecture your students will remember the events that precipitated the British Colonies/Founding of the USA. This lesson also includes a map activity and all student handouts.

By learningisapassion

Columbus' Exploration of the New World: A Document Based Activity

Columbus' Exploration of the New World: A Document Based Activity

This 15 page activity includes everything you need to have your students examine the "Journal of the first voyage of Columbus". Your students will walk around the classroom (Gallery Walk) to examine short excerpts of Columbus' journal. They will then "graffiti" the excerpts around the room following specific guidelines (direction slide included). Students will then complete a graphic organizer that requires students to cite evidence about how Columbus: described the New World/Native culture, and the motivations for/results of exploration. Creative EXIT CARD activity included! Great introduction to a United States History course on the "Birth of America" or to use in a World History unit on Exploration. COMMON CORE ACTIVITY ***Step-by-step teacher directions included***

By learningisapassion

Mayan Life: ~ A Primary Source Jigsaw Activity ~

Mayan Life: ~ A Primary Source Jigsaw Activity ~

In this 11 page packet, your students have everything they need to complete a Primary Source Jigsaw Activity about Mayan Life using excerpts from the recollections of Diego de Landa, a Spanish priest living among the Maya in 1562. Aspects of Mayan life addressed are: Land of the Maya, Agriculture, Fashion, Social Structure, Food, Entertainment, Religion and Mayan reaction to Spanish arrival. Your students will: 1) Work in groups to read a 1 page primary source reading about a particular aspect of Mayan life. 2) In their groups they will answer their assigned discussion questions and record their answers on a graphic organizer. 3) Move to different groups where 1 person from each Reading Group will be present to “teach” the rest of their group about their topic. 4) Complete an Exit Card Activity so that their learning can be individually assessed. **All Materials are included. Teacher Step- by- Step Directions are included.

By learningisapassion

What is Slavery?

What is Slavery?

An introduction to slavery lesson. Looks at modern day slavery before moving on to look at the origins of Transatlantic Slavery.

By MrHolmes8

Why are the rune stones of Jelling significant?

Why are the rune stones of Jelling significant?

A lesson that considers the significance of the Jelling rune stones and also looks at skaldic poetry. Students will need some prior knowledge of Harald Bluetooth. Used as part of the OCR GCSE Viking unit, Kings.

By sallyfl

Why is there no United States of Viking?

Why is there no United States of Viking?

This lesson looks at the story of Leif Eriksson as well as asking students to consider why the Vikings didn't manage to exert lasting influence on North America. Students work in groups, using statements provided to reach an agreement about an explanation for why there was no permanent Viking settlement in North America (United States of Viking). Resources are differentiated to allow for personalisation. Used as part of OCR GCSE Viking unit, Settlers.

By sallyfl

What made Jorvik so important to the Vikings?

What made Jorvik so important to the Vikings?

A lesson looking at the importance of Jorvik to the Vikings. It requires either access to IT resources such as a computer suite or access to texts - requiring students to create a resource to show the importance of Jorvik. The lesson also briefly considers the influence of the Vikings left in parts of Britain. A home learning is included. Used as part of the OCR GCSE Viking unit, Settlers.

By sallyfl

How far do you agree that the Vikings were blood thirsty?  Assessment

How far do you agree that the Vikings were blood thirsty? Assessment

A set of two lessons building up to an 18 mark assessment. It requires prior learning and is best used at, or near, the end of the OCR GCSE Viking unit, Raiders and Invaders. The first lesson gives model answers for an 18 mark question for students to assess from a mark scheme, so that they are able to see what answers might look like. The second lesson builds up to the assessment 'How far do you agree that the Vikings were blood thirsty?'. A home learning is included.

By sallyfl