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Review the paleolithic and neolithic time periods using this creative instructional activity. 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.
Eighth graders examine artifacts from the prehistoric era. For 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.
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.
Working in cooperative groups, young scientists research and report on how undersea volcanic activity may benefit marine ecosystems. There are many links to websites that you can use to stimulate curiosity or for pupils to use for gathering research information. This is a terrific tie between earth and life science concepts.
Students compare and contrast the literature of the Republic of Korea to that of the United States with an emphasis on women writers. In this women writers lesson, students complete a 30 page packet of analysis activities for women writers of Korea and the United States.
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.
Collaborative groups work together to report on the volcanic activity leading to island formation and construct models to demonstrate the process. Consider having each group present their project to the rest of the class. There are many online resources provided to support this instructional activity. Use the assignment and websites in your middle school earth science class when studying plate tectonics.
Using "mystery bathymetry" shoeboxes, young explorers simulate sonar action to map out the topography of an un-viewable landscape. This classic activity helps physical oceanography learners understand how sonar works. It would be enriching to use when you are teaching the geologic features of the ocean floor to your earth science classes.
Students design an environment that resembles a prehistoric cave. They use ancient rock art as inspiration for their own artistic expression. They demonstrate their understanding of the vocabulary, tools, and techniques used in prehistoric cave art and share their artwork with the class and discuss the meanings of their paintings.