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Students explore prehistoric times by completing web activities in class. In this human ancestry lesson, students identify the archaeological discovery of the "Lucy" skeleton and what it meant for science. Students investigate the Leakey Foundation website and analyze a news article about the discovery before summarizing it in written form.
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!
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.
In this human ancestry worksheet, 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 worksheet 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.
Learners 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.
students 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.
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.