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If your class's knowledge of the Ice Age is limited to animated movies, use this lesson plan to strengthen their knowledge. After sharing what they know about the Ice Age, young readers explore a news article seeking to dispel misconceptions created by the movie Ice Age 2. The lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
Interested Earth enthusiasts are introduced to ice ages. The 26,000-year cycle is charted and the eras named. Several slides are dedicated to the carbon cycle and how it contributes to the changes. The reasons for the cooling of the planet are also displayed. Most of the slides are plain white with black font, but there are a few charts and diagrams to help clarify information.
Fifth graders read, "Old Cold Living in Ice Age America", practice marking up the text and summarizing the passage. They then circle words that they had trouble reading or did not understand and write down questions and predictions of the meaning. They make personal connections to the text and draw mental pictures of what they have read.
Fifth graders complete text comprehension activities based on a reading of "Old Cold Living in Ice Age America." They apply the marking up the text strategy in order to write down predictions, questions, personal connections, and decide if the story is fiction or nonfiction. Finally, they summarize the selection based on the attached scoring guide.
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. Animals such as mammoths, mastodons, and sabre-toothed tigers are studied. An entertaining lesson that has many great suggestions for books and websites you can access to further the learning process.
The animal population of Arkansas has changed dramatically over the past 10,000 years due to climate change, and human interaction/interruption of animal environments. Upper graders and middle schoolers do a study of how animals populations have been affected by climate and human activity. This excellent plan has many rich activities, maps, worksheets, and websites embedded in it.
Are you wondering how on Earth you're going to teach prehistory to your class? Don't worry, you'll find everything you need to conduct a unit study on the Ice Age, human origins, and the evolution of human culture. Included is a list of terms, assessments, presentation, fill-in-the blank notes, a study guide, and helpful teaching tips. Are you covering 1000 BC? No problem, all you have to do is click and teach!