Title: Maya hieroglyphics
Background: The Maya were a rich civilization that originated in the Central American region. The Mayan culture overextended in its origin from the Caribbean to the Pacific; from Mexico, to Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador to parts of Costa Rica. They created a complex writing system through the use of pictures called hieroglyphics. We have already seen the hieroglyphics to represent animals, places, and certain elements such as fire, sky, sun, water, mountain, and stone.
Task: You will learn the hieroglyphics associated with the cardinal points (North, South, East, and West) as well as the colors that go with each of them.
Purpose: To learn the hieroglyphics of the cardinal points and the colors associated with each of them by playing a game and creating a pattern.
Procedure: Using a compass find were North lays.
Write the name of the cardinal point and glue the hieroglyphic.
Repeat with the rest of the cardinal points (South, East, and West).
Glue the hieroglyphic of the color associated with it under each of the cardinal points and color with a crayon.
Audience: Classmates and teacher
Assessment: See Appendix B for sample Assessment List.
Extensions: Create a pattern using 2 of the cardinal point hieroglyphics following the pattern:
Create another pattern using the color hieroglyphics associated with the pattern that you just created.
increase the difficulty of the pattern using 3 or 4 hieroglyphics.
Create a growing pattern (ABAABAAABAAAAB)
Create your own hieroglyphics and make a pattern.
Create a mask using one of the hieroglyphics.