Cloud Forest Terrarium

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...
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Uncovering Your Family History

Uncovering Your Family History

From Tools of the Ancient Romans

Like the stories surrounding the beginnings of Rome, most families have stories that have been passed down from generation to generation that may or may not be completely true.

Write a Letter in Greek

Write a Letter in Greek

From Tools of the Ancient Greeks

Using the chart, write a letter to a friend. Because the symbols are so different from the letters of the English alphabet, it’s almost like writing in code. In some cases the sound of a word is more important than its English spelling. For instance, you’ll notice that the Greek alphabet doesn’t have an F. So if you want to write the word fantastic, you’ll need to use Φ to begin the word.

Make Your Own Gordian Knot

Make Your Own Gordian Knot

From The Silk Road

One legend says Alexander conquered Asia by solving the puzzle of the Gordian Knot. According to a prophecy, whoever untied this endless knot would rule the continent. Alexander took the direct approach—he cut the knot open with his sword. Today, a “Gordian knot” means an unsolvable problem. No one knows exactly what the Gordian Knot looked like. But you can make a knot called a Turk’s Head appear “endless” by joining the ends after it’s...

Peach Blossom Scroll

Peach Blossom Scroll

From Explore Ancient Chinese Myths!

In the seventeenth century, an artist painted the fable The Peach Blossom Spring on a long piece of silk called a handscroll. Handscrolls are viewed from right to left. Design your own handscroll based on the fable.



School Library Journal
“Students who have no prior knowledge of the Inca will learn much about this civilization in this lively volume that’s chock-full of facts about such topics as religion, festivals, and food, clothing and textiles, architecture, and the Spanish conquest. The Inca mastered their difficult Andean environment and handily overtook all world-be rivals, yet their empire flourished for only a few centuries. This title clearly explains how they accomplished all that they did – and why they ultimately fell into ruin.”

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."

Detailed Book Description

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.

Available In:
Hardcover, $10.45
Paperback, $7.45
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Maps | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | black and white interior | 128 pages
Subject: Social Studies
Content Focus: Ancient Civilizations



Machu Picchu

Chapter 1
The Land of The Inca

Chapter 2
Conquest of a Continent

Chapter 3

Chapter 4
Festivals and Food

Chapter 5
Cities and Architecture

Chapter 6
Clothing and Textiles

Chapter 7
The Spanish Conquest

Chapter 8
Modern-Day Traditions with Inca Roots