Thinking Cards on the Maya

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These 20 A5 Maya Fact Cards feature a photograph on one side and five questions or activity suggestions on the reverse. The variety of questions and activities means that work can be pitched at an appropriate level for most abilities. This product is suited for the Maya Key Stage 2 (KS2) curriculum.  

Thomas from Woodfield Junior

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Do you know when you adopted Rufus? Almost 8 years ago 🙂 How long does it take for your car to get through the rainforest? About 5 hours! What is your favourite animal in the rainforest and plant? The animal has to be the cute pizote and the plant has to be the gumbo limbo tree […]

Cerys from Dovedale Junior School

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How did the Maya make their clothes? Using backstrap looms, like the one I showed you when I visited   Do you know how to speak in Mayan, if so how can I learn? Remember there are about 28 languages spoken today, one of them I mentioned in my visit, you can hear it if […]

Jakub from Irk Valley Community School

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Hi Dr Diane, I was the child that said that I will find out about that village, apparently, it is in South America. Anyway, I have a question.How old are the Pyramids and how did you feel when you nearly stepped on a fer-de-lance? thx if you reply. 🙂 Hi Jakub, The earliest one is […]

Cerys from Dovedale Primary School

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Did the Maya send letters to each other by using pictures as words? The Maya had a proper writing system, like ours, called a logosyllabic system, so sometimes they would have pictures for words (logograms) and other times syllables (syllabic). What did the Maya use to write with? Pens made out of animal hair and […]

Oscar from Framfield Primary School

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Hi Oscar, you will find the answer to your first question under the already answered questions from children here – http://mayaarchaeologist.co.uk/index.php/pupils/ask-me-a-question/ After the Spanish took over the Maya did they take them into slavery or not? if they did not did the Maya continue living in vast cities or in small villages? I have heard that […]

Ethan from Newton Primary School

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When the Maya play pok-ta-tok, why can they only use their elbows, knees and waist not any other part of the body?  That was the rule, very much like with our ballgame, you could ask why can only the players use their heads and feet and not their hands? 🙂  

Alice from Newton Primary School

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In written communication would the Mayan letters/symbols stand for letters like A, B,C or words like cocoa or food? Actually both!  They had a logo-syllabic script and you can read more about it on my Maya world page under resources for children.  

To all children who have sent me a question recently

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Hello all! I wanted to let you know that I have now included a frequently asked question area to my webpage – click here – http://mayaarchaeologist.co.uk/index.php/pupils/ask-me-a-question/ This is because many children ask me the same questions. So have a look at this page and see if your question has been answered there.  If not, if it is […]

Rianna from Harold Primary Academy

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Hello my name is Ria, you came to my school ( Harrold middle school )!! When I got back from school I told my mum all about you and your website! I found that all of the maya stuff is really exciting! You have inspired me to become an archaeologist!!!!!!! Please continue to update your […]

Ella from Harold Primary School

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Thank you for visiting our school. Why did the Maya like jaguars so much? Hi Ella, it was a pleasure to visit your school! Remember I said in my presentation that the jaguar is the king of the rainforest, being the biggest, most powerful animal. So a Maya ruler wanted to be like a jaguar […]

Lesson Plan: The Abandonment of Maya Cities

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Objective: To debate and consider a range of theories for why many Maya cities were abandoned around AD 900 Abandonment of Maya cities from dianeelizdavies Lesson Starter: Check students have the correct terminology. What do the following terms mean: End- change- decline- move- hiatus- collapse?  Explain to students that the Maya did not disappear or die […]

Lesson Plan: Maya Cities and Architecture

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Objective: To understand the design of Maya cities and social order within. Maya Cities and Architecture – Lesson Plan from dianeelizdavies  Lesson Starter – Students to spend a short time to imagine they are a King designing a city from scratch. They should consider who will live in their city, what jobs people would need […]

Lesson Plan: Maya Arts and Craft

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Objective To explore how the Maya expressed their culture through the arts. Ancient and Modern Maya culture expressed through the Arts from dianeelizdavies Slideshow to accompany lesson plan. Lesson Rather than generating a specific lesson we have suggested a range of activities that could take place at any point in the topic. They could act […]

Mariama from Wolfields Primary School

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Thank you so much for coming to my school! I know you are the only active British Maya expert, but are there any other Maya experts in the world?  Hi Mariama, I hope you enjoyed your summer.  Yes, there are many Maya experts, but they generally are from the American continent.  There are very few […]

Lesson Plan: What does an Archaeologist do?

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Objectives:  To understand the role of an archaeologist and what happens at an archaeological dig.   What does an archaeologist do from dianeelizdavies Slideshow to accompany lesson plan. Lesson Starter Activity: IWB- picture reveal: What’s happening in the image? (find one of an archaeological dig). This activity is to help children realise the importance of […]

The Value of Egyptian Written Sources Concerning Egyptian Magic

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Egyptian magic in contrast to our Western conception of magic, was a legitimate activity, being part of the natural order, and formed part of religion and medicine.  Our main source material for Egyptian magic is written, including actual magical texts, funerary texts and medical papyri, to narratives and inscriptions on stelae.  However, the written spell […]

Running for Maya Children!

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I ran the New Forest Half-Marathon (10th September 2017) to raise donations for Melody School. Melody School has been set up by Igor Xoyon to provide equality schooling to underprivileged Maya children in Chimaltenango, Guatemala. It is run purely by donations.  Through sponsorship (around £40 a month) a child is not only able to receive a solid […]

Jonathan

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Hi, you have recently visited my school and it was very interesting learning about the Maya, especially with you. I was surprised how they lived in the rainforest. Thank you for teaching me as I barely knew anything and now I do. Thank Youuuuuuuuuuu! Hi Jonathan, thank you! I am glad you enjoyed my visit […]

Jake and Leo from Hertsmere Primary School

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Thank you for visiting our school. We really appreciate it. What were popular Maya names? We would also like to know whether you could visit our school again. Thank you very much! Hi Jake and Leo, I am glad you enjoyed the workshop and of course I would love to visit again! Maya kings liked […]

Jayden from Hertsmere Junior School

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Who started the Maya civilisation? Well, we will never know ‘who’ started it – it was more a group of people who lived in the area and became what we today call the Maya.   Who came up with the name Maya? The Spanish did when they first encountered the area.

Zara and Chloe from Hertsmere Junior School

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Why did the Maya choose to live in the rainforest over such lovely places? Actually, I think the rainforest is a lovely place! Yes, there are bugs, but there are also amazing birds, monkeys and pizotes, to name a few. The place is alive and for me just magical!  I love being there 🙂

Charlie and Sam from Hertsmere Primary School

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What inspired you to look more deeply at the Maya? Well, I think they are absolutely fascinating! Living in the rainforest, but creating the most magnificent of temples, ballcourts and so on – their art, writing, calendar, ballgame and of course chocolate, which I love 🙂 How did they make fire? Exactly how we used to […]