In order to paint an accurate picture of life in Ancient Maya, historians have to used a range of evidence sources to piece together a number of details, a bit like doing a jigsaw puzzle with each new piece of the puzzle revealing more information.
First, read the powerpoint attached below to understand more about how we have learnt about the Maya Civilisation and watch these videos https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zq6svcw/articles/zs2ph39 to understand what remains of the Ancient Maya
Attached below is a Photo Pack created by the explorer Frederick Catherwood, showing his discoveries of the Ancient Maya Civilisation.
Choose some photos and answer the following questions:
1) What is in the Picture?
2) What details can you see when you look closer?
3) Why do you think it was built?
4) What do you think it was made of?
5) How do you think it was made?
6) Why does this picture tell us about the Maya?
Chichen Itza is popular with tourists today! Chichen Itza actually means "at the mouth of the well of Itza." The image above is quite iconic! It shows the step pyramid known as El Castillo or Temple of Kukulcan.
What do you already know about Chichen Itza? What can we learn about the ancient Maya from the buildings they left behind?
Your task for Geography this week, is to create a tourist information poster, booklet or leaflet all about Chichen Itza!
To help with your research, I have attached a PowerPoint all about Chichen Itza, as well as a fact file. You can use these to help with your research before creating your final piece!
Imagine you are the tourist, off to visit Chichen Itza! What would you want to know?
What is Chichen Itza? Where is it? What country is it in? Which cities are near by? How can I get there?
How much does it cost? What is its history? Is there anything else to do there?
I am sure you would want to see some pictures of it too!
Just like Frederick Catherwood made sketches of the places the Ancient Maya lived, we would like you to sketch and/or paint your home!
You could sit in your front garden on a sunny day and sketch your home, or take a picture of your home and sketch using that. Once you have drawn your home, you could paint it, colour it, or just leave as a sketch.
Below are some beautiful examples to inspire you and a quick video that demonstrates how to draw a house.
This week we will be researching Gestation Periods. This is the length of time a mammal is pregnant for, the Gestation Period for a human is 9 months.
Using the data on the activity sheet, create a bar chart presenting the Gestation Periods of different mammals.
Then think about what patterns you can notice with Gestation Periods, considering the size of the mammals.
Last of all, create an information booklet about Gestation Periods using the template attached below to help you.