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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.
High schoolers study the ice age and the causes of it.  In this Ice Age lesson students examine why those animals became extinct and complete activity sheets.
High schoolers study the differences in the Ice Age terminology and what causes them.  In this Ice Age lesson students examine what plants and animals lived during the Ice Age. 
Young scholars brainstorm what living conditions during the period known as the Little Ice Age (1350-1850) might have been like. They research lifestyles, the economy, crop yields, and human and livestock mortality.
Fourth graders receive data about tree ring records, solar activity, and volcanic eruptions during the Little Ice Age (1350-1850). From this data, they draw conclusions about possible natural causes of climate change
Learners identify the body parts in Ice Age mammals that allowed them to survive. They answer questions as a class and discuss. They examine photographs of the animals as well.
Hear experts provide evidence of Ice Age and glacial movement based on today's geological features. Various measurement tools are used to see what chemicals are found in ice and the atmosphere in order to determine the climate of the past. Show your earth science class this video as you talk about climate and prehistoric age.
First graders discuss the Ice Age land bridge over the Bering Straits and how it affected the population of the Americas. They construct a clay model of the land bridge and research common animals of the time.
Fourth graders consider the Land Bridge Theory. In this Land Bridge Theory lesson plan, 4th graders discover the Bering Strait and research the land bridge formed during the last ice age. Students explore migration from Asia to Wyoming.
Students are shown a clip of cave art scene from the animated Disney movie "Ice Age" to capture their attention. They talk about how art was used as a means of communication and record keeping and create their own cave drawings.
Students make a graph that shows how the number of sunspots has changed over the past 30 years and discover how there is a pattern in sunspot number. They find a disruption in this pattern due to the Little Ice Age.
For this Little Ice Age worksheet, students read about changes in weather and temperature resulting in changes in rain fall and glacier movement. Students answer three critical thinking questions about the Little Ice Age that occurred as a result of these changes.
High schoolers describe alternative theories for how the first humans cane to America.  In this human origin lesson students study the origins of the first Americans. 
Learners describe alternative theories for how the first humans came to the Americas, and explain evidence that supports or contradicts these theories. They examine the role of skepticism in scientific inquiries.
In this ice age animals activity, learners complete multiple choice questions about ice age animals. Students complete 12 questions total.
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.
In these animal facts worksheets, students read information about the White Rhino and Indian Rhino and then complete a chart for their characteristics. Students then study an animal and write about their observations.
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 instructional activity that has many great suggestions for books and websites you can access to further the learning process.
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.
The last ice age occurred around 20,000 years ago. What were the conditions like? How did our ancestors survive them? These questions are briefly explored in a three-minute video clip. See how in a relatively short time, humans spread from the eastern coast of Africa, to live in almost every area of the planet. Animation and narration is teen friendly, making this an appropriate clip to include in your presentation on human history. 

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