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Human Origins: The Prehistoric Human Race
When it comes to the origin of the human species students are full of misconceptions. Clear up the hominid confusion with this evolutionary activity focused on assisting students in understanding prehistoric man and his family tree. Students will conduct Internet research, define vocabulary, watch a video, and play an evolution game.
9th - 12th Science 11 Views 8 Downloads
Human PreHistory 101: Prologue
The Khan Academy displays an animated and narrated clip about human prehistory and the relationships between us and our ancestors. The formal narration is balanced by the hand-drawn animation, making an attraction that is sure to hold the attention of your biology pupils.
5 mins 6th - 12th Science 14 Views 11 Downloads
The Dig: Them Bones
Students compare their body parts to the bones of the "Turkana Boy" found in the roots of a thorn tree by Africa's Lake Turkana. They explore an online interactive feature on the National Geographic Xpedition website, and label a traced outline of their own bodies.
K - 2nd Science 3 Views 13 Downloads
Going the Way the Wind Blows
Students examine the cause and effect relationship between geography and ancient civilizations. After reading an article, they determine how new findings can help scientists examine the migration patterns of these civilizations. Using the internet, they research how climate and geography affected prehistoric humans and create their own dioramas.
6th - 12th Science 20 Views 123 Downloads
Cave Art Revisited
Students research the sources of prehistoric cave paintings and engage in an activity of creating their own cave art. The lesson focuses on the design, composition style of the art, and importance of cultural contributions cave painting had in early history.
K - 5th Social Studies & History 6 Views 37 Downloads
The Agricultural Revolution
Rather than simply define the agricultural revolution, invite your learners to consider the advantages and disadvantages that agriculture has brought to humanity as a whole. John Green begins this first episode of this series by illustrating early humans as foragers and hunters, and progresses to a discussion of why the agricultural revolution occurred and what implications this has had on civilization and the environment.
11 mins 6th - 12th Social Studies & History 29 Views 17 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Cave Art: Discovering Prehistoric Humans through Pictures
Students pretend they travel to the past to explore how people in earlier times used art as a way to record stories and communicate ideas. They study the paintings in caves found in France as a frame of reference.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 19 Views 126 Downloads
New Review Prehistory
Images of the Atapuerca Caves, the cave paintings at Altamira, and a Neanderthal skull found at Forbes' Quarry on Gibraltar serve to introduce kids to prehistoric sites in Spain. Designed to support a study of prehistoric Spain, the materials and activities in this resource packet are sure to capture the interest of young archaeologists.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 0 Downloads
Inventions Over Time
Explore the inventions of the past with a project on ancient tools. After reading an article about hunting during the Archaic period, the Late Prehistoric period, and the Historic period, kids fill in a cause-and-effect chart about the ways hunting inventions helped ancient civilizations to develop.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 5 Views 8 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Cave Art: Discovering Prehistoric Humans through Pictures
Students explore how people in earlier times used art as a way to record stories and communicate ideas. By studying paintings from the Cave of Lascaux and other caves in France, students discover that pictures are more than pretty colors.
K - 2nd Visual & Performing Arts 14 Views 56 Downloads
The First Humans: Prehistory-3500 B.C. "Lucy"
Learners 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. Learners investigate the Leakey Foundation website and analyze a news article about the discovery before summarizing it in written form.
3rd - 7th Visual & Performing Arts 32 Views 100 Downloads
Writing Exercises: Early Peoples
Human prehistory is an exciting topic for many learners! Engage your social studies class in critical thinking by having them answer the three short essay questions on this learning exercise. They need to know why prehistoric people migrate, how they use tools, and how they interacted or were shaped by their environment.
7th - 9th Social Studies & History 13 Views 47 Downloads
Marine biology apprentices interpret data of sturgeon interaction with gill nets. They use the data to calculate the percentage of fish entangled in each twine size to discover if there is any correlation. This is a valuable exercise in analyzing actual data.
7th - 9th Science 3 Views 8 Downloads
The Caveman Catastrophe
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.
4th - 6th Social Studies & History 48 Views 126 Downloads
Tools, Technologies and Inventions through the years
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.
5th Social Studies & History 7 Views 62 Downloads