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NCMA Explore Teacher Resources: Ancient Peru (NCMA Explore Resource)

Use our 5-Day pacing guide for ideas on how to make the most of NCMA Explore: Ancient Peru tools and resources in your classroom.

Pre-Explore Resource: Pack Your Bags for Peru!

The “Pack Your Bags for Peru!” activity is designed to help students build background knowledge on Peru before they engage with the Ancient Peru portion of NCMA Explore. This activity should be assigned to students to complete independently on a device in class or for homework and should take about 15-20 minutes. Make sure students view slides in presentation mode to support animations. If you’d like to copy and edit a version of this activity, click here.

Post-Explore Resources

Open for Discussion Activities

  • Open for Discussion activities engage students in recalling objects and information from the NCMA Explore Ancient Peru learning environment. In small groups, students work through questions that build in complexity to recall details about objects and connect objects to deeper understanding of ancient cultures. Each Open for Discussion activity takes about 20 minutes.

Convince Me! Debate Protocol 

  • This activity engages students in a process of preparing and defending an argument around the question “Where do ancient artifacts belong?” Students work in pairs and the activity takes 45-50 minutes, spread over two days. Print the note catcher for students here.

Ancient Peru Reading List 

  • Suggested narrative and expository texts to extend learning around the NCMA Explore Ancient Peru experience.

Art Card for Panel

  • Use the NCMA Explore art card slide deck for the Peruvian Panel to engage students in a deeper, whole-class discussion around an object from the NCMA Explore Ancient Peru learning environment. To wrap up the activity, ask students to consider via think-pair-share: How does this object help us understand what people in ancient Peru valued? How do these values align with values in your local, statewide, or national community? The art card slide deck activity takes about 25 minutes to complete.