This activity is from Explorers: Cooperative Learning Activities. Page 2 of 3


Social Skills: Work together. Discuss solutions quietly. Agree on names.
Academic Skill: Create unusual day names from the letters in partners' names.
Teacher: Reproduce the instructions below for each group. Provide drawing paper for glyphs.

Mayan Calendar Glyphs and Names

On a Maya calendar each day was a kin. A month (20 days) was a uinal. Each kin had a different glyph, or picture representing it. Some are shown on this page. With your partner write down both of your first names. Make up one kin name for each of seven days using letters from both your names. Draw a glyph for each kin. Display your kin names and glyphs for the rest of the class to see.

Example: If Phillip and Megan are partners, their kin names might be: hegi, plae, glin, lagi, mehi, lina, and mapi.




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