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Topic – Week 4

Lesson 1- To use artefacts to investigate and make comparisons.

Watch the clip:

Look at the images of Mayan artefacts. Have a think about / discuss with an adult the answers to these questions:

What is an artefact? What is the difference between a primary and secondary resource? Which would be more reliable?

Think about what you already know about the Mayans and why this might help you when looking at the artefacts.

Make some observations about the artefacts using the questions on the PowerPoint. You can write your notes / findings on the source investigation sheet if you wish.


Lesson 2- To make a sketch.

Choose one of the Mayan artefacts from yesterday and attempt to sketch it out. Remember when sketching try to draw faintly at first so you can rub out, also think about where you might need any shading.

If you are struggling with this then there are some pictures that you could colour in or trace over. 


Lesson 3(reading focus)-  To make comparisons of language used in two pieces of text.

Read ‘A Walk in the Desert’ and pick out descriptive words or phrases using a highlighter. Do the same using chapters 1-4 of Holes. Compare how the desert settings are described in both pieces of text. You could create a table like the one below to write your notes in.


A Walk in the Desert







Think about any imagery created and choice of language. Think about how the choice of language affects how the reader feels about the setting. If you were writing a setting description, would you write it like Holes or A Walk in the Desert?

Lesson 4 (writing focus) – To write a setting description.

Using your notes from yesterday and looking at the images of deserts, write your own setting description of a desert. Think about some descriptive features you will need to use, such as adjectives and similes. You might like to start by mind mapping some key phrases you could use.

Lesson 5 – (Science) To find out about different species of animals.

Start by looking through the PowerPoint about food chains. Think about what you know already / what you are unsure of.

Try the food chain sorting game and see how many food chains you can create. If you don’t have a printer then you can just write out the animals or draw them yourself. To relate to our topic, see if you can think of any food chains that might occur in Mexico.

Complete the food chain quiz to see how much you have learnt from the lesson.