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1. What was the Maya Civilization? (FREE)

1. What was the Maya Civilization? (FREE)

A lesson for KS2 introducing the Maya Civilization - including a detailed lesson plan, Powerpoint and printable activity sheets.

This lesson is part of our popular Maya Civilization Lesson Pack for KS2.


This lesson is free to download. When you go through the checkout process, you will not be asked to enter any payment.


Lesson: What was the Maya Civilization?

This lesson introduces the who, when and where of the Maya civilization. Pupils will look at maps and timelines to place the Maya Civilization in context and then zoom in to find out more about the four distinct periods associated with the Maya civilization, comparing them to synchronous periods from World and British history. Pupils will also engage with historical sources to find out clues about Ancient Maya lifestyles.



  • To find out where the Maya Civilization came from

  • To learn about the four main periods of Maya history

  • To compare the Maya timeline with other key events from British and World history

  • File Format

    This resource is a zipped file containing:

    Lesson Plan and Resource Sheets (PDF file)

    Lesson Slides (both Powerpoint and PDF version included)

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