Essential Question

What are the basic features of the Maya civilization?


Activity 1: NEWSELA "The Ancient Maya Empire: It Flourished and Mysteriously Ended"

Sign in to Newsela and read the article "The Ancient Maya Empire: It Flourished and Mysteriously Ended." Remember to annotate the article as you read and complete the quiz once you have finished reading.

Activity 2: Maya Deep Dive

Below are three readings options. As a team split up the options so that all the options are completed independently.

Option A

Option B

    1. Read the NEWSELA article "The Pyramid and Observatory at Maya Masterpiece Chichen Itza" and annotate the article using the highlight and note features.

    2. Take the NEWSELA quiz on the article.

    3. Make a Bubble map using the Thinking Map Builder Online to describe Chichen Itza and upload it onto to Google Classroom under "Maya Deep Dive." *Remember to only write describing words or adjectives in the bubbles and explain what evidence in the text proves that describing word is accurate.* *Remember to add the Frame of Reference*

Option C

Discussion Questions

  • What article did your group member read?

  • What is the main idea of the article your group member read?

  • What information can your group use for this project? Which of the GRAPES does it talk about?

  • What are 15 useful facts you think you should mention in your website (GRAPES)? Write them down.

Activity 3: G.R.A.P.E.S. Form

As a group fill in the following Google Doc so you have notes you can use when writing your website. Bullet points are encouraged. The more detailed you are the easier writing your website will be later on. I recommend sharing it with all your group mates so you can all access it if someone is absent. When you are done upload it to Google Classroom under "G.R.A.P.E.S. of the Maya Civilization."

G.R.A.P.E.S. Form

Extension Activities

Scientists say mystery of ancient Maya calendar's age is solved

Animal remains hint at ancient Maya eating habits: crocodile anyone?