To learn about the world of the Maya before playing the ballgame, Click Enter. Click Explore World. Click Explore. Click Maya. Read the Culture and Artwork sections. Go the map and read the information for the icons Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Palenque, Tikal, Yaxchilan, Bonampak, and Copan and the ballgame and artwork.
Click Explore the Ballgame. Click and read the ball, uniforms, the court song, diagrams, and artwork gallery, and artwork on an ancient vessel. Click Game. Read How we play the Game, What happened to the losers, Explore this artwork, Did women play, and Watch a game. Now you are ready to play the game. Click Game. The player is given five balls to score against an opponent by successfully answering the questions abou the Maya from the above material just read. How well did you do? Report your score.
After completing the game and reading about the Maya, write a 5-7 page paper explaining the Mesoamerican ballgame and how it developed logically out of the culture of the Maya. In the discussion of the ballgame be sure to present information about women players and what happened to the losers.
To acquaint students with the art of the ballgame, its origins and place in Maya history.