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Title – Mesoamerican Glyphs
By – Roberta Reagan
Subject – Social Studies, Art
Grade Level – 3rd grade

Unit Name: Glyphs in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica

Name of Project: SandStone Carving project

Name: ______________________________________
Date: ____________________
Check on the appropriate line:

  1. I thought this project was: Boring_____ _____ _____ _____ _____ Exciting
  2. I found the work on this project: Easy _____ _____ _____ ____ ____ Difficult
  3. I think I learned from this project: A lot ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ A little
  4. This project was my: Worst piece of work this year ____ ____ ____ ____
    ____ ____ Best piece of work this year.
  5. The most important things I learned from this project were:
    1. ______________________________________________
    2. ______________________________________________
    3. ______________________________________________
    4. ______________________________________________
    5. ______________________________________________

The part I liked best was:

The part I liked worst was:

Unit Name: Glyphs in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica

Name of Project: SandStone Carving project

Name: ______________________________________
Date: ____________________

  1. Glyph
  2. Realistic drawing
  3. Stylized drawing
  4. Linear
  5. Stella
  6. Subtractive
  7. Additive
  8. Archaeologist
  9. Codex
  10. Hieroglyphs
  11. Mesoamerican
  12. Pre-Columbian
  13. Pyramid
  14. Scribes
  15. Sculpture
  16. Three-Dimensional
  17. Two-Dimensional
______a work of art that is flat and viewed from the front, like a painting – having the dimensions of width and height only.

______ a work of art that is meant to be viewed from all sides; a work of art that is three-dimensional.It can be carved in stone or wood, modeled from clay or plaster or cast in metal.

______ a structure with a square base and triangular sides; used in ancient Egypt as tombs.

______ ancient cultures of Mexico and Central America.

______ an Aztec picture book made from tree bark, cloth, or deerskin, which was then folded back and forth in a zigzag manner.Scribes attached thin pieces of wood at the ends of the strip, which formed covers that protected the pages.Most codices were read from top to bottom, some were read around the page.The whole codex was read from left to right.

______ as in clay sculpture, material is “added” in various ways by using tools or hands.

______ a freestanding sculpture carved in stone or basalt.

______ not life-like, but a form that represents something real.

______ picture symbols and pictographs, symbols in which objects were represented by a miniature, often stylized, drawing.

______ a work of art that is meant to be viewed from all sides; having the dimensions of depth as well as width and height.

______ were well-educated men with an artistic talent.Scribes painted pictures on long strips of paper made from tree bark, cloth, or deerskin to make a codex.Scribes drew pictures in a form of picture writing called glyphs.

______ before Christopher Columbus arrived in Mexico in 1519.

______ Ancient Egyptian writing. At first picture signs were used to represent objects.Later, the signs came to represent sounds as well.

______ a person who learns about the past by unearthing and studying objects that have survived from former times.

______ as in carved sculpture, material is “taken away” by using a tool

______ dark, visible outlines in a “coloring book” style.The lines are consistently thin with the same thickness throughout a composition.In a codex, the objects are usually painted with dark visible outlines, and filled in with solid colors.

______ life-like

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