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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.
5th - 8th Science 109 Views 96 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Ecoregions of Texas
Seventh graders discuss why hunter-gatherers might have favored certain areas in which to live. In pairs, they research specific regions to examine in depth. Students present their eco-region vegetation findings (in this case Central Texas) with the class and speculate why hunter-gatherers were attracted to this particular site.
7th Science 3 Views 10 Downloads
Ecoregions of Texas
Students map the ecoregions in Texas and illustrate the vegetation native to the region. They will use their maps to investigate why prehistoric hunter-gatherers might have decided to live in one area over another, such as the ancient Gault site - home north of Austin, Texas.
3rd - 8th Science 5 Views 33 Downloads
Students discuss the ways in which an environment is used to provide the basic necessities of life. In groups, they compare and contrast how different hunter and gatherer groups have used the environment to their advantage. They place the information into a chart and present their findings to the class.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 22 Views 113 Downloads
My How Things Have Changed
Eighth graders discuss the impact geography had on hunter-gatherer societies, their toolmaking. They work in groups to create a Web page that links pictures of artifacts to explanations about what the artifact tell us about the lives of the people who used them.
8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 16 Downloads
Bio Lesson: Hunter Gatherers
Students bring in seeds to examine and save for next spring. In this seed and plants instructional activity, students draw pictures of plants, research the proper names, and attach samples of seeds. Students determine how many seeds are produced by an average plant and write a story about seeds.
4th - 6th Science 3 Views 9 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 12 Views 10 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The Earliest Americans
The topic of the peopling of the Americas offers the opportunity for a fascinating discussion. Give your class the knowledge they need to understand the migration across Beringia, the hunter-gatherer lifestyle, and the impact of agriculture.
7th - 10th Social Studies & History 9 Views 28 Downloads
People of the Stone Age: Hunters and Gatherers
Intended for a young audience, this presentation provides a simplistic view of the life of a Stone Age hunter/gatherer. Human migration, gathering, tools, and the Ice Age are covered but not in-depth. A topical discussion with good leading questions would enhance this resource.
5th - 7th Social Studies & History 15 Views 84 Downloads
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.
6th Social Studies & History 47 Views 216 Downloads
Human PreHistory 101 Part 3: Agriculture Rocks Our World
Around 14,000 years ago, the ice age melted. What did humans do in response? They settled down and began to farm their food. Visit the Fertile Crescent and beyond through animation and narrated explanations. Viewers learn about the birth of agriculture and cities, and the exponential population growth that occurred as a result.
7 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History 10 Views 9 Downloads
Urbanization and the Evolution of Cities Across 10,000 Years
Today, more than half of all people in the world live in an urban area. How did the early hunter-gatherer culture evolve into the modern city, and what implications does this continuing development have for the future of our world community?
4 mins 9th - 12th Science 11 Views 11 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Sixth graders complete map-work in order to understand the progression of hunter-gatherer societies. In this hunter-gatherer instructional activity, 6th graders label maps with the Equator, the Tropics, and the vegetation. They complete associated worksheets to show their understanding of the reasons for where people live.
6th Social Studies & History 5 Views 48 Downloads
Gala Fiesta Jamboree
Fifth graders explore world cultures by identifying local cuisine. In this cultural analysis lesson, 5th graders read assigned text which discusses the history of food and how hunter gathering was essential to our existence. Students view video clips about agriculture.
5th Science 3 Views 0 Downloads
Use the provided passages on the Neolithic Revolution to answer 2 critical-thinking questions. Passage one is informational and describes benefits that came from the Neolithic Revolution. Passage two is a first person narrative from a hunter/gatherer's point of view and asks for a disadvantage of hunting.
7th - 8th Social Studies & History 8 Views 81 Downloads
Carrying on the Storytelling Tradition
Students examine the art of Clementine Hunter, a Creole folk artist. They compare Hunter's Folk Art style with Grandma Moses' Primitive work. They then draw an important memory in Hunter's style, and describe their drawing orally for a friend to write.
1st - 6th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 2 Downloads
The Ancient World
Students explore the concept of migration. In this ancient civilizations lesson, students watch "The Ancient World" and research life in the Fertile Crescent. Students then write letters from the perspective of people migrating from North Africa to the Fertile Crescent to North America.
K - 8th Social Studies & History 24 Views 98 Downloads
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.
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 5 Views 14 Downloads