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Middle and high schoolers read and discuss an informative piece of writing on the Inca Nation and perform tasks in order to begin to form a deeper understanding of this fascinating culture from our past. This six-page plan has everything you need embedded in it for successful implementation with your class. The group work that is done is especially meaningful and requires high-level thinking and strong communication between group members.
Students explore how the Inca communicated across the bast stretches of their mountain realm.
Pupils investigate how the Inca Indians communicated across the vast stretches of their mountain realm, that was the largest empire of the pre-industrial world. The job of the courier is the focus of the lesson.
In this ESL social studies worksheet, students collaborate with classmates to discuss and complete 5 pages of activities pertaining to the ancient civilization of the Incas.
Students read parts of text about Inca culture and society, put the text in the correct order, and discuss how they feel about the text. In this Inca lesson plan, students match Inca vocabulary to definitions.
Students examine the early civilizations of Central and South America. After examining hand-crafted objects, they discuss the craftsmanship of the Inca and how they used geometric shapes and symbols in their art. They draft a design for a mask of their own using what they gathered about the Inca.
By learning about Inca artifacts and this ancient civilization students can delve into history, geography, and much more.
This lengthy, and very thorough collection of study guide worksheets should help learners who are studying the Inca culture to solidify their understanding of the culture. The worksheets are meant to be used as the class goes through the permanent exhibition at Yale University. But it could enhance any lesson on Inca's. There are 50 questions in this 13-page packet.
Students examine how the Inca communicated over large distances. They locate the Inca Empire on a map, define key vocabulary terms, play the game, 'telephone,' and create a quipu to show the year they were born.
Students investigate the impact of the Inca culture by examining our current society.  For this heritage lesson, students identify the Inca people, when they lived and where they were located.  Students view photographs representing Inca culture in a PowerPoint slide show.
Students explore pictures of various artifacts discovered from the Inca civilization. They draw or recreate one artifact and present it to the class, sharing what the artifact reveals about the Inca culture.
Students explore the geography of the Inca Empire and consider how geography affected the Inca way of life, from government to agriculture to transportation.
Pupils use print and electronic resources to research Pizarro and his conquest of the Incas. Using the information, they put the order of events into chronological order and complete a worksheet. They identify the reasons for the conquest of Incas by the Spanish.
Begin this instructional activity by grabbing learners with the story of an old king, ruling his kingdom after his death 35 years prior (included). A short period of direct instruction provides the context of the Inca split inheritance system, after which pupils begin contemplating methods of revenue for the Inca (guided toward the idea of expansion). A map overlay portion outlines a visual strategy for comprehending Incan expansion in South America. However, graphics are not included.
This is a strange question; but what kind of vessel would you be and why? After examining images of a large Inca jug, the class sets to writing a creative narrative that answers that very interesting question. They start by researching facts about Peru and the Inca Empire, then they put it all together as they write what life as an Inca vessel would be like. Neat idea!
High schoolers explore the Incan culture. In this Incan history lesson, students research the rebellions that occured upon the arrival of the Spanish conquistdors. High schoolers write essays regarding the rebellions and whether or not they could have been avoided.
Students determine the reasons for Francisco Pizarro's success in vanquishing the Incas. They research the factors that played the greatest role in the conquest of the Inca Empire and write a paper explaining their conclusions.
Students list different forms of communication, assess importance of writing, read and discuss article "String, and Knot, Theory of Inca Writing", research system of writing, and create "How It Works" posters.
First graders become familiar with Mayan culture, Aztec civilization and the Inca Empire.
Even functional everyday objects can be highly ornate and thoughtfully designed. Art analysts look at the form and function of an Inca jug used to transport liquid. They consider this jug in relation to other jugs fashioned throughout history, they then use a template to make their own jug design. 

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