Mayan Jungle Adventure gives readers a chance to determine the outcome by the choices they make. Students get lots of reading practice with this activity, while having exciting encounters with the various perils of the jungle. The entire activity set also includes a supporting book, writing activities and a comprehension test, plus extra materials for teachers.
Mayan Jungle Adventure
The anchor activity Mayan Jungle Adventure should probably be read in multiple sessions. At many points in the story, the reader is offered two choices of what to do or where to go next. Depending on what route is chosen, there are eight different outcomes. Any of these could be a nice stopping point for the day.
Field tests of an early version of this activity show that students typically race through to an outcome, shriek and giggle a lot, and then eagerly start over to see what a different set of choices will bring. Movies and ambient sound make this a very intense and realistic journey. The images in the story are rich and interesting, but there are also plenty of sounds, making this activity a good choice for students with limited vision.
The vocabulary is basically third grade level, but the content would be enjoyed by students through sixth grade. Older students with basic reading skills and younger students who utilize the audio reading options will also enjoy Mayan Jungle Adventure. A glossary with definitions for the special vocabulary of this story can be accessed from within the story in several formats.
Test and Writing Activities
Students can write about their adventures in a journal that includes the photos from Mayan Jungle Adventure. Since each student will choose a different route, each account will be unique. The jungle vocabulary is also available for insertion into the journal.
For students writing at a very basic level, there is a second journal in some formats that enables them to form sentences using word banks. There is also a short multiple choice comprehension test on Mayan Jungle Adventure using photos from the story for answer choices.
Fact Or Fiction?
In creating Mayan Jungle Adventure, I used a seamless combination of photos, composite images, nature film clips, and animation. I realized that students may not always know which parts are real!
The supporting book Fact Or Fiction? attacks this problem. It explains that fiction is imaginary, then challenges students to guess which specific parts of Mayan Jungle Adventure are fact and which are fiction. This is not a graded test but students get auditory and visual feedback on each guess.
Puzzles made from the images in Mayan Jungle Adventure are available for download in several formats. In addition, there are three puzzles to work online. Look for links to the online puzzles at the foot of the page. The downloadable puzzles are included in the download section for each different application.
Specific Application Notes
In IntelliTools Classroom Suite®, Clicker 5®, HyperStudio 5®, and the Annie’s Books Online versions, Mayan Jungle Adventure is a non-linear activity with movies and sounds. The PowerPoint® and PDF versions are non-linear, but there are only a few movies in the PowerPoint version and none in the printable PDF. The Fact Or Fiction? book includes sounds in all versions except the PDF.
Classroom Suite activities
The Classroom Suite activity set is broken into three downloads, because of the large cumulative file size. Mayan Jungle Read includes the two books, Mayan Jungle Write-Review includes two journals and the test, and the third zip file includes five puzzles. All activities have custom IntelliKeys® overlays attached, and you can download Dynavox® versions of these overlays. See the Special Needs Access section on the System Reqs page for information on controlling the Classroom Suite version from PRC devices.
Clicker 5 activities
The Clicker 5 version is one integrated study unit with a menu grid linking to Mayan Jungle Adventure, Fact Or Fiction?, both journals, and the comprehension test. For details on integrated study units, click here.
HyperStudio 5 activities
The HyperStudio version of this activity set has two downloads. Mayan Jungle HS includes a menu stack linking to Mayan Jungle Adventure, Fact Or Fiction?, Mayan Jungle Journal, and the comprehension test. A second zip file has three puzzles. Refer to the HyperStudio is Back! page for information about downloading players to run these activities.
The PowerPoint version has been exported as a single unit, including a media subfolder and two .ppt documents for the two books Fact Or Fiction? and Mayan Jungle Adventure.
To keep the movie links intact, unzip the file and move, copy, and paste the entire folder.
Mayan Jungle Adventure in My Own Bookshelf® is a linear version of the story, with all the sounds and movies. A coordinating test in Test Me Score Me® format can be paired with the MBS version.
Annie’s Books And Puzzles Online versions
If you are using the PDF, PowerPoint, or My Own Bookshelf versions, be sure to also check out the link to the online versions of Mayan Jungle Adventure and Fact Or Fiction? to enjoy these activities as choose your adventure explorations with all the sounds and movies. You will need QuickTime® installed to see movies in the online books. See the Annie’s Books Online page for details. Also, try out three online puzzles! Links to all these online activities are in the Online Links-Activities section below.
Bonus and Printables!
There are PDF versions of Fact Or Fiction? and Mayan Jungle Adventure, and Microsoft Word® versions of the journal and the comprehension test.
To teach vocabulary, there is a PDF file of illustrated flash cards with the words from the jungle glossary. These could also be used for matching games. There are six printable puzzles with images from Fact Or Fiction? and Mayan Jungle Adventure to cut apart and use off-computer.
For teachers, there is a test key, a PDF version of the vocabulary, and an illustrated flow chart of Mayan Jungle Adventure. You might want to print this and post it in the class for students to mark their progress.
Applications needed: Classroom Suite, Clicker 5, HyperStudio 5, My Own Bookshelf, Test Me Score Me, PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Acrobat Reader
Subject area: Reading, Writing.
Level: Grades 3-6.
Mayan Jungle Activities link: mayan/index.html Menu leading to Mayan Jungle Adventure and Fact Or Fiction? to read online. Movies require QuickTime. For details on using Annie’s Books Online, click here.
Desktop version of Mayan Jungle Adventure link: mayanDesktop.zip Mayan Jungle Adventure and Fact Or Fiction books to read from the desktop using a web browser. Movies in Mayan Jungle Adventure require QuickTime. For details on using Annie’s Books Online, click here.
Jaguar Puzzle link: CLICK HERE. Jaguar online puzzle. Image is a jaguar in the rainforest from Mayan Jungle Adventure.
Olmec Head Puzzle link: CLICK HERE. Olmec Head online puzzle. Image is Olmec stone head from Mayan Jungle Adventure.
Ruins Puzzle link: CLICK HERE. Ruins online puzzle. Image is stone room with jungle plants from Mayan Jungle Adventure.
Note: Unfortunately, the online puzzles no longer work on Mac OSX 10.5 or earlier, as of May 2012, because of a security risk in the Java plug-in that is required to run them. For details on using Annie’s Puzzles Online, click here.
MayanJungleAdventure.pdf (7.3 MB) Mayan Jungle Adventure book to print or read onscreen. No movies. Acrobat Reader.
FactOrFiction.pdf (3.6 MB) Fact or Fiction? book to print or read onscreen. No movies. Acrobat Reader.
MayanJungleComprehension.doc (2.3 MB) Mayan Jungle Adventure comprehension test to print. No movies. MicroSoft Word.
MayanJungleJournal.doc (7.8 MB) Mayan Jungle Journal writing activity to print. No movies. MicroSoft Word.
JungleAdventureClickMac.zip (65.2 MB) Mayan Jungle study unit including Mayan Jungle Adventure and Fact or Fiction? interactive books, two journals and test in Clicker 5 MAC. Has QuickTime movies.
JungleAdventureClickWin.zip (74.8 MB) Mayan Jungle study unit including Mayan Jungle Adventure and Fact or Fiction? interactive books, two journals and test in Clicker 5 WIN. Has AVI (Indeo compression) movies.
MayaJungleReadSuite.zip (80.2 MB) Mayan Jungle Adventure and Fact or Fiction? interactive books in Classroom Suite v.3 or later. Custom IntelliKeys overlays are attached.
MayaJungleWrite-ReviewSuite.zip (FILE SIZE MB MB) Comprehension multiple choice test on Mayan Jungle Adventure, Mayan Jungle Journal, and Write About Jungle ( easy writing) for Classroom Suite v.3 or later. Custom IntelliKeys overlays are attached.
MayaJunglePuzzlesSuite.zip (15.5 MB) Puzzles using images from Mayan Jungle Adventure for Classroom Suite v.3 or later. Custom IntelliKeys overlays are attached.
MayaJungleDynavox.zip (9.0 MB) Zip file includes all Mayan Jungle Adventure activity overlays saved as Dynavox package files.
MayanJungleHS.zip (66.3 MB) Mayan Jungle Adventure and Fact or Fiction? interactive books, journal, and comprehension test stacks plus menu stack in HyperStudio 5
MayanJungleHSPuzzles.zip (5.3 MB) Mayan Jungle Adventure Puzzles in HyperStudio 5
JungleAdventureMBS.zip (52.3 MB) Folder with Mayan Jungle Adventure book and movies to import into My Own Bookshelf.
JungleAdventureTMSM.zip (11.2 MB) Test on Mayan Jungle Adventure story using photos for answers. Requires Test Me Score Me.
MayaPPT.zip (40.6 MB) Mayan Jungle Adventure and Fact or Fiction? interactive books saved as a .ppt files. Movies in the same folder. PowerPoint 2003 or later.
MayaVocabCards.pdf (1.7 MB) Mayan Jungle Adventure vocabulary cards to print May also be used for matching games. Acrobat Reader.
6PrintableJunglePuzzles.zip (3.2 MB) Six puzzles using images from Mayan Jungle Adventure to print, mount, cut apart and use off-computer.
MayaDocuments.zip (1.2 MB) Zip file with comprehension test key, PDf of vocabulary, and illustrated flow chart.