Have you heard of Machu Picchu, the Incan city high in the cloud forest of the Andes Mountains? With this inspirational lesson and Machu Picchu reading, activities, and power point, students are introduced to Machu Picchu, UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Machu Picchu is located in Peru and was built by the Incas, a pre-Columbian civilization that extended from what is now Ecuador, Peru, and parts of Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina. The Incas were incredible engineers who built their palaces, homes, and temples with gigantic, polished stone without iron tools, horses, or carts. The Incas built terraces for farming on the steep mountainsides, an irrigation system whose canals brought water to thousands of people, and buildings that don’t fall during earthquakes. We recently visited Machu Picchu and were awestruck walking through the preserved ruins- at every turn we learned more of their fantastic use of stone and technology.
Teach your students about Machu Picchu, and the Incas in Peru with this outstanding lesson. These activities are perfect for a multicultural Social Studies or ELA lesson, or for Spanish classes looking to incorporate cultural awareness. Schools are so overburdened with teaching standards, that global education might be tossed aside. With ready prepared lessons about cultural topics- but that integrate reading and writing- teachers can incorporate multicultural and geography awareness without leaving the curriculum requirements. This type of turnkey lesson can also be used as sub plans when the teacher is out. I absolutely love this packet and Machu Picchu reading!!! The details and authenticity really shine. Included in this lesson are:
An Informational Reading ~ This reading is an excellent way to introduce students to Machu Picchu. It contains valuable background information about the site.
Comprehension Questions ~ These questions will help students process the Machu Picchu reading.
A Crossword Puzzle ~ Reviews important vocabulary terms related to Machu Picchu, the Incas, and Peru.
Detailed Machu Picchu Coloring Sheet ~ An original drawing of the Machu Picchu site for students to color.
Slide Show of Machu Picchu ~ These 10 original fabulous photographs will help students feel as if they are walking through Machu Picchu!
Original Poster ~ 30 inch x 40 inch poster, great for school bulletin boards and classroom walls
Do this activity in your classroom or home!