World History and Geography: The Mayan Civilization

Do you want to implement technological skills along with social studies concepts but don't know how? Then this plan was made for you! Sixth graders storyboard and present a multimedia presentation to their class while also learning important public speaking skills and in-depth concepts about the ancient Mayan civilization.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Extend learning for pupils by passing out a note taking template during presentations; young scholars can ensure they have an in-depth knowledge of each Mayan concept beyond the assigned one with this strategy
  • Differentiate for English Language Learners by allowing them to storyboard in their native language and present in English, or scaffold depending on level
Classroom Considerations
  • Expect the lesson plan to take two weeks. It includes 15 separate tasks
  • You need to create some mini-lessons to teach concepts beforehand; make sure to understand the storyboarding process before beginning the project
  • Scaffolded, project-based learning encourages students to learn in depth about Mayan culture and history 
  • Fosters creative thinking skills through the use of storyboarding and group collaboration