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- Kristen D., Home schooler
- Manchester, NH
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Young archaeologists study the development of human history, and work in groups to create a timeline that traces the development of humans. Additionally, the groups utilize a very clever graphic organizer embedded in the plan in order to present a prehistoric animal to the class. Animals such as mammoths, mastodons, and sabre-toothed tigers are studied. An entertaining lesson that has many great suggestions for books and websites you can access to further the learning process.
Students explore prehistoric times by completing web activities in class. In this human ancestry lesson, students identify the archaeological discovery of the "Lucy" skeleton and what it meant for science. Students investigate the Leakey Foundation website and analyze a news article about the discovery before summarizing it in written form.
Students explore primates and prehistoric man. They discuss early illustrations and portrayals of prehistoric man and how he lived. After the discussion, they use periodical indexes and resources to locate an article, read the article, and write a paragraph to debate what is fact and what is theory.
Students design an environment that resembles a prehistoric cave. They use ancient rock art as inspiration for their own artistic expression. They demonstrate their understanding of the vocabulary, tools, and techniques used in prehistoric cave art and share their artwork with the class and discuss the meanings of their paintings.
5th graders will gain an understanding of how, what, and why people invent tools. This PowerPoint provides a complete description of what tools are, types of tools, why we make tools and what impact they have had on society. There are many examples of types of tools, discussion questions, an overview of tools throughout time, a well-organized essay assignment, and web links. Great resource!
Eighth graders begin their examination of the prehistoric period in Illinois. As a class, they discuss the role of archaeology in history and how it helps learn more about native peoples. After examining each period, they develop their own conclusions about how people lived during the time period.
Students evaluate the traits that made cattle ideal for human domestication. In this selective breeding lesson, students consider the advantages and disadvantages of domestication of several species. They watch video clips and view websites to evaluate the traits of cattle that led to their widespread domestication.