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Autumn 1 Adventure - The Mysterious Mayan Mystery

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We met that John Lloyd Stephens, a famous American explorer. He'd built a time machine that can take us back to the Ancient Mayan Civilisation. It is a very mysterious time in history as nobody really knows what happened to the Mayans. By travelling back in time, We're hoping to find out some more about them.

 

Do you want to come with us to learn about them?

 

 

Our adventure began when we met John Lloyd Stephens, an American explorer.

He explained that he had a time machine that could take us back to the Ancient Mayan civilisation and asked us if we wanted to join him.  However, the time machine was in Central America so we had to work out how we would get there and how long it would take.

 

What is most important to take with us?

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We learnt about time zones and how they would affect the time we arrived.

Burn to Learn - Where did the Mayans live?

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We also completed a Burn 2 Learn to find out the names and locations of countries in Central America.

After getting in the time machine and heading back to the Ancient Mayan Civilisation, we stepped out and were greeted by a temple,  We decided to write a description about it to help people of the future imagine what it was like..
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First we wrote some expanded noun phrases that used fronted adverbials before writing our setting description.  If you close your eyes I'm sure you'll be able to picture the scene.
We then realised that we should try to fit in with the Mayans whilst we were here...... so we found out about how the Mayans named their children.  Using our own similar system, we worked out our own Mayan name.  
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During reading we read about the Mayan's beliefs of creation.  After we answered questions about the story and drew the 4 different beings that Tepeu and Gucametz made.
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During our first editing Lesson, we read a paragraph about Mayan headdresses.  We had to highlight and annotate all the good features before we designed our own.

 

We chose whether we were designing one for a priest, craftsman or warrior.

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With our designs complete, it was time to create our headdresses.  It was quite a messy job!

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