Learn about Peru, including the Amazon River and Rainforest, the Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu and more! Check out all the resources below to study Peru and grab the FREE printable portion.
Printables to Learn About Peru
The printable portion of the unit study contains Peru Notebooking Pages, a Map Scavenger Hunt, a Following Directions activity, a math activity about Peruvian currency, Famous People notebooking pages, and book summaries. Grab all 22 pages below and gain access to the printables from the other 12 unit studies, too!
Videos About Peru
This video gives a great overview of the history of Peru. (6 min.)
Here is a comprehensive video, especially for older students, to learn about Peru from Geography Now! (19 min.)
Research More About Peru
Ducksters has a variety of information to learn about Peru including information about the geography, economy, and government. You can research more about the Inca Empire and other early tribes of Peru on Ducksters, too.
Hands On Activities
Panpipes and flutes are popular in Peruvian music. Make this panpipe from straws and then listen for the pipe and flute sounds in Peruvian music.
Make Peruvian Food
Rice and beans, also known as tacu tacu, are a staple in Peruvian culture and this recipe is often served with a fried egg and steak on top.
Ceviche is another popular Peruvian food and is made with white fish. Here is a simple recipe to try.
Another simple meal would be to roast a chicken in the Peruvian style. You could serve rice and beans on the side.
For dessert, make Tres Leches, also known as ‘milk cake’.
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Play Peruvian Music
Spanish is the national language of Argentina. Rock ‘N Learn has several videos to teach children Spanish vocabulary.
They also have Spanish videos for older students.
There are many videos reading children’s books in Spanish. Here is a set of videos with English and Spanish subtitles.
Duolingo is another free way to learn Spanish.
Non-Fiction Books to Learn About Peru
Fiction Books About Peru
Older Elementary/Middle school:
Movies About Peru
PBS series, Passport to Latin America, has 2 thirty minute episodes about Peru.
Nova has a few episodes related to Peru, including those about the Inca civilization and Machu Picchu.
The Emporer’s New Groove is an animated film about an Incan emporer.
Tad, The Lost Explorer, is another animated film set in Peru and introduces children to some of the archaeological sites there.
Dora and the Lost City of Gold, features a grown up Dora and her friends on an adventure in the Peruvian Amazon.
For Adults: If you have older high schoolers or are just interested in a grown-up movie night, The Motorcycle Diaries follows revolutionary, Che Guevara, through South America.
"Go to" Peru
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