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Starting out with a brief explanation of eras, periods, and ages, this lecture presents general information on the Stone Age and the Bronze Age. Using images and a timeline, the narrator covers the Paleolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic eras, stressing the importance of the development of agriculture. He ends with a shorter segment on the Bronze Age and the beginning of writing.
Review the paleolithic and neolithic time periods using this creative lesson plan. After a unit on Mesopotamia and the Stone Age, learners fill out a Venn diagram comparing the paleolithic and neolithic period, and write a paragraph describing how the two civilizations were similar.
Students research the scientific, economic, and cultural themes that connect Paleolithic and Neolithic inhabitants. They complete Paleolithic and Neolithic Theme Frames, comparing/contrasting the two cultures in an essay or Venn diagram.
In this Paleolithic Age worksheet, students fill in the blanks to sentences about the Paleolithic Age. Students complete 9 problems total.
Invite your class members to learn more about early and late Paleolithic settlements across the globe with this set of informative worksheets. Incorporate activities to compare and contrast the Paleolithic people of the Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe.
After studying Ancient Civilizations, learners could use this jeopardy-like game as a review. Having questions relating to the Neolithic, Paleolithic Era, and more, this presentation would be a great whole class or center activity.
Make prehistoric culture easy for your class to understand with this well-composed presentation. It provides timelines for the Neolithic, paleolithic age, and the agricultural revolution. Images and information on two prehistoric sites is also included.
Eighth graders examine artifacts from the prehistoric era. In this primary source analysis lesson, 8th graders examine images of artifacts provided on the Library of Congress website. Students then discuss how life changed between the Paleolithic era and the first settlements based on the observations about the artifacts.
Students complete a problem based social science lesson and research ancient Europe while they work in groups. They explore the role of Cro-Magnon people in ancient France and create a mural that depicts animal life in the Paleolithic period.
From creating simple flip books to watching Saturday morning cartoons, we have all experienced the magic of animation. But how is it that a series of still images can be brought to life? It all has to do with the speed at which our brain processes what we see. Learn a brief history behind our current understanding of visual perception, and look at examples that demonstrate how our brains trick us into seeing motion. An interesting video to include in an art lesson on animation, or an exploration of cognitive process in the human brain.
Students explore how people in earlier times used art as a way to record stories and communicate ideas by studying paintings from the Cave of Lascaux and other caves in France. Three lessons on one page.
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. 
In this archaeology based activity, 6th graders read the precise instructions to completing a project on an archaeological dig during the stone age period. Students review the attached rubric guidelines to the project.
In this ancient man worksheet, learners complete a project where they do a report on ancient man and their food, clothing, clan, maps, and more. Students complete 10 pages in the project in groups.
From hunter-gatherers to the Neolithic Age, this PowerPoint walks you through the history and beginnings of human society. Many facts about the various stages of humanity are embedded in this presentation. This is a great resource to use as a lecture guide. Note: The Chalkboard Challenge Game may be disabled.
Eighth graders discuss the impact geography had on hunter-gatherer societies, their toolmaking. They work in groups to create a Web page that links pictures of artifacts to explanations about what the artifact tell us about the lives of the people who used them.
Where did human beings come from? How did they settle into communities and civilizations? Your class will find the answers in this fascinating presentation, which takes the viewer through the stages of mankind, from the primitive neanderthals to the wiser Homo sapiens. Slides include intriguing discussion points and questions for consideration, taking them into the transitions that lead to modern-day societies.
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!
Oftentimes, things that appear similar on the surface are actually very different. With a microscope or microviewer, kids can see these subtleties first-hand, then create a game for others to differentiate between materials. Depending on the age of your young scientists, they can practice observation skills, compare and contrast, or even create their own dichotomous keys with these engaging activities.
Students explore the importance of cave paintings as the first examples of visual art in the Western Hemisphere. They compare examples of cave art to modern art pieces, discuss the lives of cave painters, create their own animal drawing in the cave painting style and write a story about cave art in this seven part mini-unit.

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