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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. This lesson seems both fun and enlightening.
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.
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.
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. The content specifically targets human prehistory prior to the movement of prehumans out of eastern Africa.
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. They reflect on these issues in their journals.
Young scholars explore the world of paleoanthropology and how scientists trace the origins, migrations and lifestyle of prehistoric humans.
Sixth graders read about the different types of Humanoid. They examine the different cultural beliefs and their own personal beliefs about evolution. They research the species using the scientific theory about evolution.
Eighth graders examine prehistoric terrain. In this geography lesson, 8th graders discover necessary resources for settlers. Students work in small groups to create a trail crossing the state of Kansas.
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 explore prehistoric times by completing web activities in class. In this human ancestry lesson plan, 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 the impact of human actions on the ecosystem of the Great Salt Lake from a variety of perspectives. The roles of railroad workers, environmentalists, brine shrimp farmers, and citizens are assumed as data is gathered and debated.
High schoolers investigate the models for the origin of modern humans and the conditions that facilitate speciation and evolution. The classification and nomenclature of hominid species is also examined.
Third graders research prehistoric life using educational software. They design a prehistoric life while showing the use of appropriate scale and names for the prehistoric life. They follow an internet link to participate in a virtual field trip to watch a dinosaur egg hatch.
Eighth graders examine artifacts from the prehistoric era. In this primary source analysis lesson, 8th graders examine images of artifacts provided on the Library of Congress website. Students then discuss how life changed between the Paleolithic era and the first settlements based on the observations about the artifacts.
Students are introduced to prehistoric paintings with the cave art at Lascaux and Altamira. They, in groups, role-play the members of a clan and design appropriate cave paintings for their group.
Seventh graders study cave art and to learn about the importance of human expression in history. In this art history lesson, 7th graders study the characteristics of cave art and what the art reflected of the culture and time it came from. Students then make pictures in the same context as cave artists and write stories about what life was like for cave artists.
High schoolers describe theories on how the first humans came to America and show the evidence that supports it. In this investigative lesson students study given material and prepare written or oral reports in their groups.
Students describe alternative theories for how the first humans cane to America. In this human origin lesson students study the origins of the first Americans.
Students study their culture while filling in a chart that shows how culture meets basic human needs. They examine the role of archaeologists in studying people from past cultures.