The Maya

the maya

The Maya by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

This is a rich resource detailing the culture of Mayan civilisation. There are a number of different resources covering topics from the Mayan creation story, their relationship with the sun, their astronomical observations, calendar, agriculture and customs.

There are a number of well made videos on wealth of topics including a look at modern Mayan society.

A link for teachers provides a wealth of activities and resources for use in the classroom including games, images, investigations, and connections to the wider curriculum

A River’s Journey

a rivers journey

A River’s Journey by

The journey of a river can be divided into three sections: upper, middle and lower.  On this detailed webpage you can choose one of the sections to research.

Pupils are encouraged to look at the clips for each section of the river and make a note of any words that they do not understand, discuss them and use a dictionary to find out what they mean.  They are invited to display these words on the board.

Other activities are suggested:  create a report to describe the section of the river just researched to the rest of the class;  think about the sort of features seen that part of the river; use as many describing words as possible to talk about the speed of the water, the sounds or what might be seen; agree a script for a report to be present it to the rest of the class;  hot seat taking questions from the class; record the report and save the audio file to a computer.

Organs of the Human Body

Organs of the Human Body

Organs of the Human Body by

This interactive depiction of the human organs enables pupils to click on each organ in turn and to read about its function, its position and its physical location.

There is also an option to Organise the Organs – an interactive activity in which pupils use the mouse to rotate an image if any given organ and then drag it into its correct position.

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An introduction to the major organs of the human body

introduction to major organs of the human body
An introduction to the major organs of the human body by

An animated sequence which tours the human body, picturing and naming the major organs. The job of each organ is briefly explained. The brain, heart, lungs, stomach, liver, kidneys, intestines and skin are all mentioned.

The clip also stresses the importance of a healthy diet and exercise to keep your organs in good condition.

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Volcano Animation

Volcano animation – youtube embedded here

The animation shows eruption, and the processes leading up to the eruption, of a volcano. It explains that pressure of gases builds up underground until, eventually, it becomes so great that there is a violent explosion hurling dust and debris in to the sky and the surrounding area.

As the pressure is released the remaining gases in the magma (molten rock) cause lava to flow out and down the side of the volcano destroying everything in its path. Eventually the lava cools and forms a solid plug and the process begins again.

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Is it Alive? Characteristics of living things

Is it Alive? by

Characteristics of living things
An animated sequence by the BBC that shows the key differences between living things, dead things and things that have never been alive. In a park setting, we see birds, trees and rabbits.

The commentary tells us that like all living things, they react to their surroundings, grow, reproduce, feed and get rid of waste. They need air, too.

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