Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Maya Culture in the Classroom Materials

A set of materials which encourage the dissemination of information about the Ancient Maya in the K-12 classroom. From the 2002 Tulane Maya Symposium Teacher Workshop. The curriculum was originally titled “Excavation Unit: Incorporating Maya Archaeology into Your Classroom” and is designed and compiled by Dylan J. Clark and Jessica A. Deckard.

These units are designed for social studies classrooms but integrate Spanish language learning, math, and science. An excellent way to incorporate different disciplines into your classroom. While many of these activities are designed for a Middle School audience, they can be adapted for any grade level. Each unit contains information about the target audience and how to change it for different grade levels.

Unit Activities:

  • Putting the Pieces Together
  • The Origins of Agriculture
  • Ceramics
  • Debitage
  • Empire: A Game of Maya Trade and Conquest
  • My Name in Maya Hieroglyphics
  • Stela-r’ Achievements: Commemorating Your Life the Maya Way
  • Ancient Mesoamerican Manuscript Painting
  • Garbage Excavation Project
  • Classroom Plan and Profile
  • Geomancy
  • The Mesoamerican Ballgame
  • Maya Memory
  • Popol Vuh


Central America + People
Ludovico Feoli
Permanent Researcher and CEO, CIAPA, Executive Director - Center for Inter-American Policy and Research at Tulane University