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Lesson 4: Temple in Tikal: Ancient Architecture

Students will put their math skills to the test as they explore the concept of building a pyramid.

This lesson complements the Mayan Mysteries Temple Building puzzle. To learn more about the online game, visit www.dig-itgames.com.

Objectives:

  • Understand who the Maya were
  • Understand Maya heritage
  • Understand the Maya belief system
  • Engage in analytical thinking and deductive reasoning

Materials: The Temple in Tikal: Ancient Architecture student activity sheet

Time Required: 30 minutes

Directions:

  1. In this activity, students will explore one of the ancient Maya temples of Tikal and how the structure was built. 
  2. Distribute the Temple in Tikal: Ancient Architecture student activity sheet and review the page with students. Students will use their math skills to calculate the number of stone squares that would be needed to re-create the Temple of the Grand Jaguar in Tikal, Guatemala.
  3. Review the answers with your students.
  4. As a follow-up activity, students can test their luck with the Mayan Mysteries Temple Building puzzle and then design their own temple-building math challenges.

Answers: Temple in Tikal answer key

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