Welcome to the new Jaguar Stones collection of Maya teaching resources, researched and compiled by J&P Voelkel. We know how hard it is to find reliable, up-to-date information about the ancient Maya, and we’ve listened to teachers’ requests for more deep dives into specific topics. We hope you’ll find these lesson plans and projects informative, inspiring and easy-to-use in your classroom.
These new pages include a unique comparative timeline, setting Maya history in the context of Britain and the rest of the world. There are also new lesson plans for classes using the Jaguar Stones books in their Maya unit, and an exciting new Virtual Author Visit that captures all the sneakily-educational fun of our in-person school visits. And if you have any questions, please head to our Teacher’s Chatroom to get answers fast on anything Maya-related.
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J&P Voelkel take their book research seriously. They’ve visited over sixty Maya sites in Central America, canoed underground rivers, tracked howler monkeys, explored the rainforest, and talked with modern Maya people of all ages. Jon studied Maya glyphs at Harvard, they both took a course with NASA on Maya astronomy, they work closely with archaeologists and regularly attend Maya conferences. They’ve presented at the Boston Museum of Science, the Franklin Institute, the Mint Museum and The New York Public Library, as well as many book festivals and conferences.
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