These 8 puzzles, when completed in sequence, create a story line that leads students on a search for Incan treasures. Students complete the puzzle to find a clue or clues to a location or an Incan artifact. Then they research the clue on the internet to figure out the location or item and learn about it.
Odd numbered puzzles are Spanish vocabulary elimination tasks. Students follow the directions to cross out words that fit each category. They are left with a 4-7 word clue to research to find a location.
Even numbered puzzles are cryptograms that, once solved, are English poems with clues to an item in the treasure. The item itself is not included in the poem/riddle. They must use higher order thinking to determine what to search for on the internet. Once they think they have figured out the Item, they need to re-read the riddle to see if the item fits the clues.
Time required for each puzzle varies but averages 30-60 minutes depending on student skill level.
I tried to design the puzzles and answer keys so that they can be used for Emergency Substitute Plans or activities in multiple levels of classes. They can also be used for culture days or enrichment activities.