Free Maya lesson plans

Our teachers’ resources and lesson plans are designed to bring alive the Maya world for grades 5-9. The lessons feature original, imaginative, cross-curricular ideas for Maya cultural study and cover a wide range of subjects, including Math, Social Studies, Earth Sciences, Debate and Physical Education.  (More subjects under development.) They include: A 30 page Teacher's Guide to the Maya, activity & craft ideas, and lesson plans on: Maya civilization, Maya Math, Maya glyphs and the Maya ballgame.


Please note that the lesson plans are about the Maya world and life in the rainforest - you do not need to read The Jaguar Stones series to use them.

If you have any trouble downloading the files please let us know at info@jaguarstones.com.

“The entire packets of lessons are standards-based, have essential questions, and provide all of the details teachers need to implement the lessons into the classrooms.  It is an amazing resource for classroom teachers at the middle level.”

Carol Renca, Librarian

Edmunds Middle School, Burlington, VT


“The lesson plans are incredible, who ever did them did an amazing job. The 7th grade humanities teacher used one of the lessons with her class and the response from the kids was overwhelming.”  

Beverly Lane, Librarian,

The Calhoun School, NY


“I'd like to thank you for the outstanding lesson plans.  Rarely do I ever use pre-created activities because they are either too low-level, not relevant to our state standards, or not interesting enough to grab a 7th graders' attention.  This is the first time in my 10 years of teaching that I did not have to "recreate the wheel" for a novel.  I really appreciate that the lessons include many high-level, thought-provoking questions for students as well as questions that are authentic/related to their lives.  These are the types of questions that always keep the students interested in the reading.  I enjoyed watching the kids get excited this week about selecting and writing/drawing their Maya nicknames.”

Alisa Bowling, 7th Grade Teacher

Canarelli Middle School, Las Vegas, NV


What teachers have said...

MAYA DAY AT

MESSALONSKEE MIDDLE SCHOOL

The lesson plans in action

Messalonksi Middle school's school wide Maya unit.