Inca: Discover the Culture and Geography of a Lost Civilization with 25 Projects

Revealing legends and legacies, Inca: Discover the Culture and Geography of a Lost Civilization, is a fun-filled review of the continent-sprawling ancient Inca culture. The activities, combined with an attractive layout, engage learners on a journey along the Inca Trail including the city of Cuzco and majestic Machu Picchu, built on a jagged ridge thousands of feet above the Urubamba River. Along the way, the beliefs, rituals, scientific advances, and unique system of languages come to life through 25 hands-on projects, such as creating Salar de Uyuni salt crystals and building a tropical cloud forest. This captivating educational tool also features unique illustrations, informative sidebars, fun-fact questions, and vocabulary that will engage learners from start to finish.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $ 15.95
  • Hardcover, $ 21.95
  • eBook, $ 12.95

Grade Level 4–6

Ages 9–12

GRL W

Subjects

  • Science
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Social Studies
  • Ancient Civilizations
  • Geography
  • World History
  • Math
  • STEM - STEAM

More Details

Revealing legends and legacies, Inca: Discover the Culture and Geography of a Lost Civilization, is a fun-filled review of the continent-sprawling ancient Inca culture. The activities, combined with an attractive layout, engage learners on a journey along the Inca Trail including the city of Cuzco and majestic Machu Picchu, built on a jagged ridge thousands of feet above the Urubamba River. Along the way, the beliefs, rituals, scientific advances, and unique system of languages come to life through 25 hands-on projects, such as creating Salar de Uyuni salt crystals and building a tropical cloud forest. This captivating educational tool also features unique illustrations, informative sidebars, fun-fact questions, and vocabulary that will engage learners from start to finish.


  • Reviews
  • Look Inside
  • Projects
  • Author-Illustrator

Dr. Tamara L. Bray, Professor of Anthropology, Wayne State University
“This book provides a fun and well-illustrated introduction to the Inca and the Andean region of South America that they ruled. Filled with facts about the Inca empire, cultural adaptations in the Andes, the local environment, high-altitude agriculture and more, the book takes what we know from archaeology and ethnohistory and communicates it in a way designed to stimulate comparison between our present-day culture and that of an ancient people from a distant time and place.”

Michael A. Malpass, Charles A. Dana Professor in the Social Sciences, Professor of Anthropology, Ithaca College
“This detailed and up-to-date book about the Incas gives a real sense of what the Incas were like, and how they were able to create such a large empire in so short a time. The activities are fun and exciting. They should provide hours of stimulating activity for students. I highly recommend this book.”



Cloud Forest Terrarium

The Andean cloud forest is found on the eastern slope of the Andes Mountains. The warm, humid air from the Amazon basin makes its way up the mountains where it is blocked by cold, denser air there. The trapped air drops its moisture in the form of clouds and mist, quenching the thirst of the plants that grow in this unique ecosystem. A terrarium made from a soda bottle works like the cloud forest. The moist air near the soil rises up and is blocked by the top of the bottle where it condenses, creating ideal growing conditions for moisture-loving plants.

Hint: Ask an adult for help cutting the bottle.

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Lawrence Kovacs

Lawrence Kovacs is a teacher of gifted and talented children in grades kindergarten through 12. He lived in Bolivia for 16 months and spent a year in Peru. He lives in Bath, Maine.



Farah Rizvi

Farah Rizvi is a designer and illustrator from Upper Valley Vermont. She received her BFA in Graphic Design with a concentration in French from Colby-Sawyer College, and MFA in Graphic Design from Vermont College of Fine Arts.



More Details

Grade Level: 4–6
Ages: 9–12
GRL: W
Subjects: Science, Engineering & Technology, Social Studies, Ancient Civilizations, Geography, World History, Math, STEM - STEAM,
Specs: 8 x 10 , black and white interior , 128 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Maps, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

Dr. Tamara L. Bray, Professor of Anthropology, Wayne State University
“This book provides a fun and well-illustrated introduction to the Inca and the Andean region of South America that they ruled. Filled with facts about the Inca empire, cultural adaptations in the Andes, the local environment, high-altitude agriculture and more, the book takes what we know from archaeology and ethnohistory and communicates it in a way designed to stimulate comparison between our present-day culture and that of an ancient people from a distant time and place.”

Michael A. Malpass, Charles A. Dana Professor in the Social Sciences, Professor of Anthropology, Ithaca College
“This detailed and up-to-date book about the Incas gives a real sense of what the Incas were like, and how they were able to create such a large empire in so short a time. The activities are fun and exciting. They should provide hours of stimulating activity for students. I highly recommend this book.”


Projects

Cloud Forest Terrarium

The Andean cloud forest is found on the eastern slope of the Andes Mountains. The warm, humid air from the Amazon basin makes its way up the mountains where it is blocked by cold, denser air there. The trapped air drops its moisture in the form of clouds and mist, quenching the thirst of the plants that grow in this unique ecosystem. A terrarium made from a soda bottle works like the cloud forest. The moist air near the soil rises up and is blocked by the top of the bottle where it condenses, creating ideal growing conditions for moisture-loving plants.

Hint: Ask an adult for help cutting the bottle.


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

Lawrence Kovacs

Lawrence Kovacs is a teacher of gifted and talented children in grades kindergarten through 12. He lived in Bolivia for 16 months and spent a year in Peru. He lives in Bath, Maine.


Farah Rizvi

Farah Rizvi is a designer and illustrator from Upper Valley Vermont. She received her BFA in Graphic Design with a concentration in French from Colby-Sawyer College, and MFA in Graphic Design from Vermont College of Fine Arts.