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For this reading comprehension worksheet, students read a short selection about Mary Leakey. They answer 4 multiple choice, reading comprehension questions before checking their answers at the bottom of the page.
Young scholars explore prehistoric times by completing web activities in class. In this human ancestry lesson plan, students identify the archaeological discovery of the "Lucy" skeleton and what it meant for science. Young scholars investigate the Leakey Foundation website and analyze a news article about the discovery before summarizing it in written form.
Eighth graders work together in groups to examine the earliest civilizations. After reading two stories, they compare and contrast the facts with those stories with other ones they have read. They discuss the different hypothesis on the way life began to end the activity.
Each slide contains notes for learners to use to answer three comprehension questions regarding the Paleolithic Period. They are to draw what a typical day in the life of Paleolithic man would look like. Great resource to make available for test prep or as homework help.
Students access the Internet to gather information. They record their observations of African habitats. They create either an electronic slideshow or mural to present a science experiment.
Fifth graders explain that doing science involves many different kinds of work and engages men, women, and children of all ages and backgrounds. Students choose a scientist to research, write a one page paper, and present their findings.
Seventh graders discuss and make a list of potential science careers and the skills needed for them. They research an historical scientist and make a presentation to the rest of the class, in the persona of that scientist. They hold a mock conference in which each scientist discusses his/her latest discoveries.
Fifth graders research about the work and accomplishments of their chosen scientist. In this life science lesson, 5th graders explore how to become one. They prepare a presentation and share it with the class.
Early civilizations developed into complex societies because of the advent of stable agricultural practices and plant/animal domestication. Share the earliest civilizations to grow from the first agricultural revolution with your class. They will learn about Catal Huyuk, Mesopotamia, Egypt, and The Fertile Crescent. Maybe you'll inspire the worlds next anthropologist!
Students explore the work of Jane Goodall. In this advocacy instructional activity, students investigate the life and work of Jane Goodall. Students examine her work as an animal advocate and explore their own personal advocacy styles.
Students measure and correlate their foot lengths and body heights, then use this data to estimate height of Laetoli hominids. They use metric measurement and graphing to determine these heights.
In this global history and geography standardized test practice worksheet, students respond to 50 multiple choice, 1 essay, and 15 short answer questions that require them to review their knowledge of world history and geography.
In this human ancestry instructional activity, students will answer questions about hominids, "Lucy", and the emergence of modern humans. Then students will compare the characteristics of Neanderthals and Cro-Magnons. This instructional activity has four short answer, seven true or false, eight matching, and seven multiple choice questions.
Sixth graders examine the role of anthropologists. In groups, they compare and contrast two different groups of civilizations. Using primary source documents, they discover how various cultures and ideas spread throughout the world. As a class, they also discuss how new research can change history.
Students describe and illustrate a stereotypical scientist. They work in cooperative groups to research and produce a portfolio of work honoring a randomly chosen nontraditional scientist. Students create a presentation about their scientist and describe the methods to honor him. Additional cross curriculum activities are listed.
pupils think of scientists as heroes and heroines by dispelling the stereotypes of persons in scientific careers. They work in cooperative groups to research the life and works of a scientist and (through the use of the library and the World Wide Web) produce a multimedia portfolio of art, poetry, songs, and newspaper articles to honor the accomplishments of nontraditional scientists.
Learners create a project about a famous Biologist in order to appreciate the humanity of the people involved in doing science. They create scientist biography "cards" roughly modeled after baseball cards or create a scrapbook of a famous scientist.
Twelfth graders examine local, state, and/or national animal welfare organization. In this Social Studies lesson, 12th graders research their identified organization. Students develop a planned intervention strategy to help persuade others to take up the “cause(s)” of this group/organization using a letter-writing style or other advocacy type of their choice.