Itinerary 1: Mariemont, Ohio (Computer Station)
This is where Bubba and Squirt start their journey. It’s always a good idea to plan ahead and learn about a place before you visit. Your job at this station is to complete the WebQuest where you’ll learn facts about Belize, Altun Ha, and the ancient Mayan people.
Itinerary 2: Temple of Masonry Altars
The Maya observed the sky to predict solar and lunar eclipses, the cycles of the visible planets, and the movements of the constellations. Using the items your teacher gives you, create your own recognizable constellation.
Itinerary 3: Village of Altun Ha
Belize is a country in Central America. Spanish is one of the languages that is spoken there. Complete the word search and find out what the Spanish words mean.
Itinerary 4: Temple of the Green Tomb
When Bubba falls down the hole, he discovers a tomb full of Mayan pottery. Using clay, fashion your own pottery. Your teacher will give you directions for how to do this. After it dries, you can paint and seal it.
Itinerary 5: Temple A3
Bubba and Squirt discover a codex with Mayan numbers written on it. Mathematics were an important part of everyday life for the Mayan people. They used dots and dashes to represent numbers. Using the guide your teacher provides, see if you can complete the math equations.
Itinerary 6: The Jungle
Bubba meets the Tate Duende who is the guardian of the jungle. Using paper and a pencil, write a short story in which the Tate Duende acts as the protector of animals and plants in the forest.
Text: In Chapter 1 you are introduced to Bubba and Squirt. Task: Describe what kind of person Squirt is, using specific details from the text.
Text: Bubba and Squirt are nervous about being in the creepy maze. Task: Recount an experience you have had of being in a place or situation that made you uncomfortable. Use facts and details to support your story. Speak clearly at an understandable pace.
Text: Bubba describes the place they visit. Task: What words and phrases does he use to give a precise description of Altun Ha?
Text: The archeological site is roped off and tourists are not allowed in the area. Task: Explain why the site is off-limits based on specific information in the text.
Text: Artifacts have been found at Altun Ha. Task: List the various artifacts that have been uncovered using specific details from the text.
Text: Bubba comments that the bones he found are not from a T-rex (large dinosaur). Task: Explain why Bubba would say that.
Text: In chapter seven, there are sensory details about the storm: “rain splatting against my arms,” “sound like a million marbles crashing into the van.” Task: Write a narrative using sensory details of a real or imaginary experience having to do with weather.
Text: Senor Raymundo tells Bubba and Squirt about the Tate Duende. Task: Conduct a short research project on the Tate Duende. Find out when the legend originated
Discussion question: Do you believe goblins or other supernatural creatures guard places or things? Why or why not?
Text: Bubba begins to run from the Tate Duende then realizes he needs to face his problems and not run. Task: Recount an experience when you or someone you know tried to run from a problem. What ultimately happened. Use facts and descriptive details to support your story.
Text: The Tate Duende communicates without speaking a word. Task: List ways he does this.
Discussion question: Have you ever communicated without speaking? Describe the experience.
Text: Bubba said the dirt tasted like burnt hamburgers. Task: Use a simile to describe the way something looks, tastes, feels, or sounds.
Text: Bubba finds a codex. There are only four in the world. Task: Conduct a short research project and find out the names of each of the four codices.
Text: Bubba runs some more. Task: Compare and contrast the two running scenes in the book (chapter 9 and chapter 13).
Text: The thief took bold action to attempt to steal the codex. Task: Explain why the codex is considered valuable.
Text: Before Bubba and Squirt leave, they have a fiesta. Task: Write your own story of a celebration, real or imagined. You can even create your own version of Bubba and Squirt’s fiesta.
Text: At the end of the story, Bubba and Squirt comment about something they learned from the experience. Task: Determine the theme of this story based on details from the text. Task: Write an explanatory essay supporting what you think the theme of the story is, using facts, details, and other information from the book.