Mayan Mathematics - The Mayans had one of the most advanced number systems in the world at its time. It was a base-20 system (kind of) that also relied quite heavily on the number five. Some think that this is due to five fingers and five toes on each hand and foot.  Their system relied on three different symbols. A “pebble” (small black circle) was used to represent the ones place. Learn more: https://3010tangents.wordpress.com/2015/02/25/mayan-mathematics/

Mayan Mathematics

Mayan Mathematics - The Mayans had one of the most advanced number systems in…

A fun way of teaching addition and substation with a little kick of history! The Mayan number system is a great activity you can teach to students between your regular lessons. It's simple and it's fun !

A fun way of teaching addition and substation with a little kick of history! The Mayan number system is a great activity you can teach to students between your regular lessons.

The second Mayan Number System, used for dating buildings and on Calendars, etc.

Maya, Aztec, Incas: The Mayan Number System, base 5 within a base

Hands-on exploration of Mayan number system.  Decipher the code and then build student designed number systems.  Social studies and math!

Mayan Culture and Number System Inquiry Based Center Activities

Hands-on exploration of Mayan number system. Decipher the code and then build student designed number systems. Social studies and math! Important addition to your study of the Ancient Maya

Teaching the Mayan Number System - Different Bases - a fun critical thinking exploration for math club, gifted students, or a special day in math class (middle or high school)

Teaching the Mayan Number System - Different Bases - a fun critical thinking exploration for math club, gifted students, or a special day in math class (middle or high school)

American Development Co.: The Mayan number system

Their system included a zero, making it possible to carry out long counts and complex calculations.

The Maya were very advanced in reading, writing and math. Their number system was a big part in the civilization because was part of their calendar system.

10 Fascinating Facts About Ancient Mayan Civilization

The Mayan number system worked in conjunction with numerology, ritual astronomy and the calendar system that they themselves developed. They are credited as the first culture to "discover" zero.

Ancient Mayan Number System Display Poster

Ancient Mayan Number System Display Poster - Teach your class about the Ancient Mayan number system with this useful display poster, great as a discussion starter or as a handy visual aid.

fun free lesson for middle school math - great for the end of the school year: numbers to different bases, place value, and critical thinking!!

fun free lesson for middle school math - great for the end of the school year: numbers to different bases, place value, and critical thinking!

Exploring Mayan Mysteries: Maya Map, Ancient Artifacts, Maya or Myth? & Temple in Tikal: Ancient Architecture.

Introduce students to the structure of the Maya number system. The Maya number system is a vertical place-value system.

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