The Rainforest

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To learn about what it is like to carry out excavations in the Maya rainforest – click here

Discuss what a rainforest environment is like and show pictures and video clips of the types of wildlife that live there – see rainforest images and videos

Discuss the difficulties of sustaining a civilization in a rainforest environment






Maya Rainforest Slideshow (please note that the video files are too large to upload into the slideshow – you can find them here)

Further online resources

National Geographic – Hear the sounds of the rainforest at night

The Rainforest Alliance: This excellent resource has a children’s slideshow on the Guatemalan rainforest, as well as online games, activities such as colouring in rainforest birds, mammals, reptiles and plants and also virtual storybooks, such as

Manny Manatee and the Mystery of the Murky Water, Life in San Miguelito and Alex Goes Exploring in El Imposible

Maya Archaeology of Mesoamerica Resource: Reports on Maya Archaeology, for example the Foundation for Latin American Anthropological Research has books concerning plants utilized by the Maya, flowers, caves in Mesoamerican culture, incense, sacred food and drink, bats in Maya culture and Maya art rollouts of vases.

The Science Museum of Minnesota presents Maya Adventure: A World-Wide Web site that highlights science activities and information related to ancient and modern Maya culture. Featured in the project is information from two exhibits about the Maya developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota, Cenote of Sacrifice and Flowers, Saints and Toads A good rainforest resource, including teacher resources with lesson plans and handouts


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