Mayan civilisation topic books for children
Children’s books about Mayan history. The Mayan civilization, a pre-Columbian Mesoamerican culture that thrived from around 2000 BC to the 16th century AD, is a compelling subject of study for children due to its unique historical, scientific, and cultural contributions. This ancient civilization, which encompassed present-day Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador, will fascinate young learners with its intricate hieroglyphic writing system, the precise Mayan calendar, and architectural marvels such as Chichen Itza and Tikal.
This list contains 30 titles with a range of nonfiction, fiction, chapter books, historical novels, picture books and activity books suitable for school libraries, independent reading and topic teaching in KS2. This list features books by Maz Evans, Katherine Rundell, Alex Scarrow, Alastair Humphreys, Clare Hibbert, Davide Domenici, Jerome Martin and Rupert Matthews.
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Maya civilisation resources for teachers
- National Geographic Kids offers a free downloadable resource pack for KS2 teachers which explores architecture, agriculture, pottery, hieroglyph writing, mathematics and calendar-making. Also, this resource will help children explore how traces of the Mayans are still seen today in Guatemalan and Mexican culture.
- Maya Archaeologist features a great range of interactive resources and videos suitable for primary school teaching. Find out how to make your own Maya worry doll, chocolate pot, mask, headdress and more.
- The Historical Association offers a complete Mayan Civilisation scheme of work for KS2.
- PBS Learning has an interactive website which explores literacy, culture and social studies relating to Mayan times.
- BBC Teach has a range of videos and teacher resources, including this introduction for lower KS2, and this set of resources for UKS2.
- The University of Cambridge offers a set of PowerPoints, teacher resources and worksheets covering Maya rituals and beliefs.