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Mrs. Payne from Chicago IL is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Make the Mayan More Memorable

Help me give my students a connection to ancient Mayans in a memorable way by integrating their Social Studies unit to their Language Arts unit.

  • $485 goal

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My Students

My goal for my students is to make their learning memorable and to enliven their imaginations when learning about ancient civilizations. I want to spark their curiosity about different cultures, governments, lifestyles, and of course, human nature. If they can learn that the challenges of living are and have been solved in a variety of ways, then their own minds will open both to making choices about how they can meet those challenges and also to respecting the choices that others make.

My school is in a highly diverse urban neighborhood.

The vast majority of students have a first language other than English. All of our students qualify for free lunch. Our staff works creatively to meet the students at their levels and to give them whatever support they need in order to reach their full potential.

My Project

There’s a saying that truth travels more easily on the waters of fiction. I don’t know who said it, but my 5th grade students and I agree that not only truth travels more easily, but facts travel more easily as well.. This is the reason why I want to integrate my social studies units with historical fiction that will make the worlds of the ancient civilizations that they study more memorable. If they can connect the everyday life, politics, and humanity of the ancient Mayans to particular characters about whom they care, then they will remember the necessary facts more easily, and of course, with much more empathy and curiosity.

For those reasons, I am requesting donations towards a class set of the novel The Well of Sacrifice, by Chris Eboch.

We will read and study the novel as we simultaneously study the Ancient Mayan civilization.

Mrs. Payne
Grades 3-5

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The Well of Sacrifice • Amazon Business $13.43 28 $376.04

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