History KS2 / KS3: What did the Maya eat?

This cooking show parody introduces pupils to Maya food.

Ixnal makes a hot chocolate drink, Iktan a stew to his own finger-licking recipe, and Kawoq uses what we would consider exotic ingredients in his ambitious Maya tasting menu.

These three chefs complete for the ultimate Maya privilege: the opportunity to cook for King Chan Chak K’Ak’Nal Ajaw.

Who will impress the judges with their imaginative use of ingredients and spices?

This short film mentions a variety of traditional Maya ingredients and cooking methods, and provides additional information about typical farmed crops.

This short film is from the BBC series, History of Early Civilisations - Maya. Through parodies of reality TV shows, this series introduces different aspects of the Maya civilisation.

Teacher Notes

Devise a Maya menu.

Compile a class glossary of Maya terms and create a crossword with definitions.

Explore and prepare similar foods from current Mexican diet.

Discuss the benefits or otherwise of a Maya diet.

Curriculum Notes

This short film is suitable for teaching history at Key Stages 2 and 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and Second and Third Level in Scotland.

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