Magnificent Maya

teacher points to life-size maya monument glyph holdng glyph sign.

Grades 4–7, 60 minutes

“We felt that the experience was ideal for our 5th graders. It gave them opportunities to display, reinforce, and deepen the material covered in class. Your exhibits also expanded upon our unit in ways that support critical thinking skills and enabled kids to apply their learning.”
—4th/5th Grade, Gordon School East Providence, Rhode Island Related Resources

Integrates with studies of

  • Primary characteristics of a civilization
  • The Maya
  • Ancient civilizations
  • Archaeology

Program Description

Investigate Classic Period Maya culture and people through the clues left behind in their tools, buildings, and writing. Learn how archaeologists and other scientists unravel the mysteries of past cultures and what they mean today. This presentation encourages student participation, including discussion. The class takes place in the Encounters with the Americas galleries. Available in-person and virtually.

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  • Free Teacher Guide available on request: contains new vocabulary, readings, and activities, such as having students design their own civilizations
  • Exhibit Extras engages students and chaperones during their visit
  • Watch what a colorful Maya mural in a former gallery exhibit reveals about ancient Maya music