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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!
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.
Learners 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.
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.
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.
Students bring in seeds to examine and save for next spring. In this seed and plants lesson, 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.
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.
Students examine the Timken Native Americans of the 1400s and their culture of hunter-gatherers. They study the necessary vocabulary using a number of activities.
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. Each slide provides images and easy-to-follow information. A great introduction.
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.
In this early peoples learning exercise, students read the noted textbook pages and respond to 7 short answer questions about hunter/gatherers and the development of farming.
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.
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. This video is not only a supportive addition to your biology lesson, but suitable to a middle school survey of world history.
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? This video is an excellent way to prompt a discussion in your classroom about the needs of our growing population, and to consider how we can go about incorporating renewable energy and sustainable living into sprawling urban areas.
Sixth graders complete map-work in order to understand the progression of hunter-gatherer societies. In this hunter-gatherer lesson, 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.
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.
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.
Learners 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.
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.
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. 

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