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Students study the ice age and the causes of it. In this Ice Age lesson plan students examine why those animals became extinct and complete activity sheets.
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.
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.
Students 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.
Students 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.
Students 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.
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.
What would happen if we were thrust into another Ice Age? This clip introduces the issues and coping mechanisms we'd need to survive another ice age. Looking to the past geologists search for answers that could help us in the future.
Spring breakers first gathered in Wakulla Springs, Florida, over 10,000 years ago! Geologists and archaeologists work together to uncover hidden artifacts from this time period. Even 10,000 years ago, people went to Florida to warm themselves up after a long, cold winter up North!
Young scholars 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 worksheet, students 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.
Evidence in Europe points to the edge of a glacier in London, and large woolly mammoth bones have been found in the North Sea, pointing to a large flood. This short clip ends after that, but shows some great footage of the woolly mammoth bones pulled from the sea. Show your biology or earth science class this clip as you study prehistoric ages.
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.
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
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.
Students listen to an oral presentation about the Ice Age. In this Ice Age lesson, students hear a presentation about the Ice Age and how it affected their area. Students then take a walking trip to an area that was created during the Ice Age.
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.
Simulations of a snowball effect recurring on the earth show how life might have survived and might continue to survive if our planet freezes over again. How a snowball event starts is unknown, but it could be related to greenhouse gases. Continue on to part three to hear more.
Fourth graders consider the Land Bridge Theory. In this Land Bridge Theory lesson, 4th graders discover the Bering Strait and research the land bridge formed during the last ice age. Students explore migration from Asia to Wyoming.