Daily Lessons for Teaching Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft

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Lesson 1

Objective: Heyerdahl developed a theory that the inhabitants of the Pacific Islands had been transplanted from Peru, not from Asia as it was once suspected. Study the Pacific Islands

1. As a class, discuss the development of Heyerdahl's theory using the trade winds as a guide. What are trade winds? What do they mean? Do they change course? How could it be possible for the trade winds to guide the people for more than 4,000 nautical miles?

2. Study a map of the Pacific Islands. Pinpoint the locations on the map and predict what route might have been used by Kon Tiki and his people. What is the terrain like on the islands? The weather?

3. Homework: Draw a picture of what you think Kon Tiki looked like based on the descriptions and information given in the story.

Lesson 2

Objective: Heyerdahl refers frequently to the ancient culture of the Incas. The...

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