Title: Maya areas of influence
Background: The America’s were inhabited thousands of years ago by groups of people who came across the Bering land from Siberia to Alaska, to the rest of the continent. These groups of people settled giving rise to the different civilizations such as the native Americans people of North, Central, and South America. Different civilizations raised and felled giving way and adding to the next culture. The Maya people settled and flourished in an area called Mesoamerica.
Task: To create a map of Mesoamerica that includes the location of Tikal and a legend that describes rivers, lakes, and oceans though the use of color.
Purpose: To inform.
Look at the map of the world and locate the United States in North America.
Locate South America and write the name of three of the countries.
Locate Central America and write the name of three of the countries.
Find two of the resources listed above and compare to the map you are using.
Using the overhead transparency, draw a star where Tikal is located.
Using color pencils: color the oceans, lakes, and rivers blue, name them; color the mountains brown
Title your map
Create a legend that shows the different parts of the map (cities, lakes, rivers, oceans, mountain ranges).
Extensions: As the unit progresses and new sites are discussed the students add the locations to it.