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Ms. Sharkey from Fresno CA is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Meso American History and Culture Stations

Help me give my students red terra cotta clay for Mayan ocarinas, a utility cart to haul their archaeological dig loads, yarn for Incan quipus, and a burner for making homemade tortillas from maize they will grind themselves.

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My Students

My diverse group of 7th graders in Fresno are some of the most economically underserved in Central California. Teachers provide nearly every single material students use so that they don't miss out on hands on, engaging and academically challenging activities and projects. More than anything, I want my students to have the opportunities I never did. I want them to see what they study, feel what they study, and to experience what they study in ways that a textbook just cannot provide.

For many students, this is their first year of serious historical study and so it is vital that I provide a hands on, memorable experience that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

This is my chance to demonstrate the importance of historical and critical thinking and to show my kids that history is more than just reading about people long dead and far away events. History is us. It's now. It's about how we got to this very moment in time and how it guides us into the future.

My Project

With the materials provided, students will be able to explore the histories and cultures of the Meso Americans in a unique and hands on way.

Most of my students identify as Hispanic or Latino and have

close relatives living in a country with ties to the Mayan, Incan, and Aztec civilizations.

This will be a two week long rotating set of activities where students will model ocarinas in the Mayan fashion using clay

while learning about Mayan art and history. Students will participate in archaeological digs, haul their own dirt, and carefully catalogue artifacts while studying archeological methodologies. While grinding maize and cooking masa into fresh tortillas, students will read traditional recipes and primary sources from women who lived centuries ago. Students will make quipus and learn how the Incans kept records without a written language. In addition to the hands on stations, students will be exposed to primary and secondary sources, read, write, analyze art and watch relevant documentaries on the lives and culture of the Meso Americans. The culminating activity will be a Mayan ball game competition between students.

Ms. Sharkey
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Rubbermaid Commercial Products 2-Shelf Utility/Service Cart, Medium, Lipped Shelves, Ergonomic Handle, 500 Lbs. Capacity, For Warehouse/Garage/Cleaning/Manufacturing (Fg452088Bla) • Amazon Business $148.86 1 $148.86
AMACO AMA48653D Mexican Pottery Self-Hardening Clay, 25 lbs. • Amazon Business $32.91 4 $131.64
20 Acrylic Yarn Bonbons - 438 Yards Multicolored Yarn in Total – Great Crochet and Knitting Starter Kit for Colorful Craft – Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $9.97 2 $19.94
Proctor Silex 34103 Electric Single Burner, Compact and Portable, Adjustable Temperature Hot Plate, White & Stainless • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49

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