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The following are resources and materials submitted by eductaors from previous OSU Teacher Trainings and events. We have gathered them here to share with other educators. These can be edited and adapted to your classroom and are available for open access.  

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Title: The Great Inka Empire (The Great Inka Empire PPT, Inka Civilization Handout)

Description: PowerPoint describing Inka History and Culture (Material, Beliefs, etc.), accompanied by a worksheet with 3 short-answer questions.

Author/School: Dr. Michelle Wibbelsman, The Ohio State University

Content Language: English         

Country of focus: Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile

Grade Level: 4-8 (ES, MS)            

Content Area/Subject: Spanish, Social Studies

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Title: Inca Civilization Map (Inca Map; Activity sheet for Inca Empire Road System)   

Description: A map of Inca Empire in South America, accompanied by an activity sheet for Inca Empire Road System.

Author/Institution: Rossana Pass, Noble High School      

Content Language: English

Country of focus: Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile

Grade Level: 4-12 (ES; MS; HS)  

Content area/Subject: Spanish, Social Studies, World History

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Title: El Cuy (El Cuy Lesson Plan, El Cuy Slideshow, El Cuy Student Handout, El Cuy Cultural Packet)

Description: A fully elaborated lesson plan outline, accompanied by slideshow presenting on the role of El Cuy in Andean Communities, Guided Notes Handout to accompany the Slideshow and Work Packet on the Andes and Incans.

Author/Institution: Rossana Pass, Noble High School      

Content Language: English

Country of focus: Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile

Grade Level: 6-12 (MS, HS)

Content Area/Subject: Spanish, Social Studies                  

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Title: Andean Music Outreach Teachers' Guide and Idea Cards 

Description: A guide providing cultural background and instructions for the production of Andean Music; does not include instruments.

Author/Institution: Andean Music Ensemble, The Ohio State University             

Content Language: English         

Country of focus: Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile

Grade Level: K-12 (ES, MS, HS)  

Content area/Subject: Social Studies, Spanish, Music

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Title: Una América Oculta/A Hidden America Unit: A Bilingual Curriculum Unit 

Description: A Common Core-aligned, seven lesson unit exploring the scientific contributions of Pre-Hispanic South American societies, accompanied by a PowerPoint with links/materials.

Author/Institution: Carolina Zuniga and Andrew Hurie, LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections, University of Texas-Austin             

Content Language: English/ Spanish

Country of focus: Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile

Grade Level: 6-8 (MS)

Content area/Subject: Social Studies, English, Spanish                  

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Title: Aymara and Machu Picchu: A Smithsonian Folkways Lesson

Description: Peruvian Aymara Ensemble (Session 1)/Kena (traditional Andean flute); concerto performed and composed by Peruvian musicians (Session 2) with the cultural and historical introduction. A music lesson from the Smithsonian Folkways Collection about Peruvian Music; requires instruments and meter cards not included.         

Author/Institution: Im Kyung Lee, University of Washington, Smithsonian Folkways       

Content Language: English         

Country of focus: Peru

Grade Level: 6-12 (MS, HS)

Content Area/Subject: Music, Spanish, Social Studies

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Title: Bonkers for Bailecitos in Bolivia: A Smithsonian Folkways Lesson

Description: In this series of three lessons, students will exercise critical listening, singing, dancing, and playing instruments to traditional music of Bolivia. They will improvise rhythms, compose a song, and draw connections across a wide variety of disciplines. Requires paid music files and instruments          

Author/Institution: Jennifer Vannatta-Hall, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, Smithsonian Folkways    

Content Language: English         

Country of focus: Bolivia

Grade Level: 6-12 (MS, HS)

Content area/Subject: Music, Spanish, Social Studies

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Title: Weekly Chart and Replicable Model -Andean Storytelling and Spanish Literacy

Description: A table describing the activities for the Andean and Amazonian Storytelling and Spanish Literacy program, a sample of what can be done in a classroom.           

Author/Institution: Dr. Michelle Wibbelsman and Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros, The Ohio State University

Content Language: English

Country of focus: Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia

Grade Level: K-6 (ES; MS)

Content area/Subject: Reading, Spanish, Social Studies

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Title: Science Curriculum—Machu Picchu: Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas Unit Plan

Description: Full unit plan about Machu Picchu for science courses.

Author/Institution: Carol P. Merriman, Yale Peabody Museum, with assistance from Richard L. Burger, Lucy C. Salazar and Marc Blosveren             

Content Language: English

Country of focus: Peru

Grade Level: 6-12 (MS, HS)         

Content Area/Subject: Science, Spanish

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Title: Social Studies Curriculum—Machu Picchu: Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas Unit Plan

Description: A curriculum designed to accompany a museum visit about Machu Picchu.

Author/Institution: Carol P. Merriman, Yale Peabody Museum, with assistance from Richard L. Burger, Lucy C. Salazar and Marc Blosveren             

Content Language: English

Country of focus: Peru

Grade Level: 6-8 (MS)   

Content Area/Subject: Social Studies, Spanish

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Title: Latin American Resource Center: Resources about film Guide

Description: A guide which categorizes by topic and summarizes Latin American Movies.

Author/Institution: ROGER THAYER STONE CENTER FOR LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES, Tulane University  

Content Language: English

Country of focus: Peru, Ecuador

Grade Level: 6-12 (MS; HS)                       


Title: Gastronomía Tradicional Altoandina Resource

Description: A 264-page full-color cookbook with images and recipes as well as brief descriptions of Andean food; includes introductions in Quechua and Kichwa.

Author/Institution: Alli Micuy, Llaqta Kallpanchaq and Runa Kawsay             

Content Language: Spanish

Country of focus: Peru, Ecuador

Grade Level: K-12 (ES, MS, HS)

Content Area/Subject: Spanish


Title: Volume 3: Latin American History and Culture through Museums

Authors: Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) K-12 Outreach Program

Overview: This resource encourages and facilitates K-12 eductor's use of museums in New York City to include Latin American history and culture in the classroom. Museums featured in the guide include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Hispanic Society, the Museum of Modern Art, and El Museo del Barrio.


Title: National Geographic: The Amazon

Authors: National Geographic

Overview: This resource library contains more than 100 articles related to the Amazon and its economy, environment, society, and history.


Title: Ask an Amazon Expert: Why We Can't Afford to Lose the Rain Forest

Authors: National Geographic

Overview: Biodiversity expert and explorer Dr. Thomas Lovejoy discusses the state of the Amazon and why conversation matters.