Mayan Mysteries

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Company: Dig-It! Games, LLC, 4402 Elm St., Chevy Chase, MD 21202; 877213-4448; Website: dig-itgames.com/may an_mysteries.

Price: A single user license allows one user to register for a 1 -year subscription of $2 1 .99 for the online game. The Classroom Edition includes 1-year licenses of $299 for a class of up to 30 students and includes a Teacher Management System to track progress. Bulk pricing is available.

Audience: Grades 5-9

Format: Access to a Mac, PC, or tablet. It is available as an app from the App Store for use with an iPad.

System Requirements: The game runs in the browser.

Description: Mayan Mysteries is an online puzzle-based game. Players explore the world of the ancient Mayan civilization.

Reviewer Comments:

Installation: Access is easy and quick. The site requires a login and password. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: Learning activities focus on map games for identifying Central American countries, digging for artifacts using archaeological techniques, identifying artifacts, and understanding the Mayan language through glyphs, the Mayan calendar, the number system, and Mayan daily life.

Content focuses on social studies and meets the standards set by the National Council for the Social Studies national curriculum through the major themes of social studies: areas of culture; time, continuity, and change; people, places, and environment; individual development and identity; individuals, groups, and institutions; power, authority, and governance; production, distribution, and consumption; and science, technology, and society.

Users can excavate the Mayan sites of Cerén, Copan, Tikal, and Caracol as they search for priceless Mayan artifacts. They can discover artifacts, decode glyphs, learn their math system, visit ancient Mayan cities, and explore the Mayan calendar.

An in-game encyclopedia called L.E.A.R.N. (locate engrossing and relevant knowledge) provides topics to provide information on Mayan government systems, farming practices, and Mayan beliefs about time.

Mayan Mysteries can be played at home or at school.

A Teacher Management System tracks students' progress and performance with the game. …