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Early Primates and Prehistoric Man
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.
Discovery of Caveman Art
Students investigate the life of early man as depicted in the cave art in Lascaux and Chauvet in southwestern France. They use a variety of activities in an attempt to unravel the mystery surrounding the discovery.
Stone Tool Scavenger Hunt
Seventh graders use Internet to familiarize themselves with variety of stone tools used by early man, create information chart describing each tool and its purpose, and discuss why tools have survived thousands of years.
Early Man Word Search
In this social studies worksheet, students find the words used to review the concept of early man and the answers are found at the bottom of the page.
Famous Rock Groups
Students define igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary, and use rock identification books to identify igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. Students then discuss which rocks early man would have found useful for tool creation.
A Method for the Madness
Third graders, through video presentations, discover how real scientists from early man to the present incorporate the 5 steps of the Scientific Method to solve problems.
Do You Need a Map?
Students explain ways marine navigation is important in modern society. In this map study lesson students use a retrieval tool to obtain real-time information on weather forecasts.
The "Science" of Racism
How can we keep racism out of our society? Analyze the factors that lead to racism today and research previous scientific findings that impacted social policy. Your high school young scholars identify ways to prevent past mistakes from happening again today.
Hey Cavey Baby
Ninth graders create an unfamiliar sound with natural materials. They role play an early man sound experience. They imagine themselves a member of a clan of early people.
Neolithic Agricultural Revolution
Lessons about agriculture during the Neolithic period can provide activities to help student understand this important time.
Do You Need a Map?
Students investigate marine navigation. Students access nowCOAST on the Internet and explore marine navigation in modern society. Students obtain and explain the importance of accessing real-time oceanographic and meteorological data.
Music and Early Man
Creative projects are great ways to increase interest in topical research. Middle schoolers learning about primitive life styles in the Americas explore the importance of music to hunter gatherers. They research and create musical instruments out of found natural objects and then create an essay, picture book, role play, or presentation that shows the role of music in prehistoric society.
Eighth graders work together in groups to examine the earliest civilizations. After reading two stories, they compare and contrast the facts with those stories with other ones they have read. They discuss the different hypothesis on the way life began to end the lesson.
ARTIFACT to ART to GLYPHS
Students study the development of early Latin American civilizations in unit one. The second part of the unit is based on early image-making attempts from the Cro-Magnon to the Peruvian Incas. Students create their own weavings using a variety of fibers and techniques.
Maps and Lines
In these organizing data worksheets, 5th graders complete four worksheets of activities that help them learn maps, graphs, and lines. Students then study images of maps, lines, and graphs.
Stone Tool Scavenger Hunt
Students use the internet to research the various types of stone tools used by natives. Using this information, they create a chart describing each tool and its usage. In groups, they share their charts with others and answer discussion questions.
Geology: Famous Rock Groups
Fourth graders, in groups, use books to identify types of rocks. They examine the rocks and complete rock evidence charts. Students compose definitions for each rock type and determine uses for igneous rocks by early mankind.
Do You Need A Map?
Pupils explain three ways in which marine navigation is important to society. They discuss the importance of having access to up to date data. They use the nowCOAST tool to gather information on tides and weather forecasts for specific areas.
Era 1: The Beginnings of Human Society
From hunter-gatherers to the Neolithic Age, this PowerPoint walks you through the history and beginnings of human society. Many facts about the various stages of humanity are embedded in this presentation. This is a great resource to use as a lecture guide. Note: The Chalkboard Challenge Game may be disabled.
New! The Neolithic Revolution
With the abundance of food products we can easily access in our society today, it is easy to forget the toll this can take on our global environment. Young learners will discover how the transition to agriculture and domesticated living from nomadic hunter-gatherer societies would also come to mean intensive exploitation of land. This is a great way to combine environmental study or Earth Day activities with a social studies lesson on the Agricultural Revolution!