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What a great instructional activity! Learners read a story called Painters of the Caves by Patricia Lauber which discusses Stone Age wall paintings in Avignon, France. There is a series of discussion questions, comprehension questions, and a graphic organizer to help learners demonstrate their understanding of this text.
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.
Young archaeologists study the development of human history, and work in groups to create a timeline that traces the development of humans. Additionally, the groups utilize a very clever graphic organizer embedded in the plan in order to present a prehistoric animal to the class. Animals such as mammoths, mastodons, and sabre-toothed tigers are studied. An entertaining lesson that has many great suggestions for books and websites you can access to further the learning process.
Upper graders become "shipwreck detectives" by studying the debris field from a shipwreck in the Aegean Sea which took place in the 700s. A website is accessed that gives specific information about the debris field, and pairs of learners fill out a worksheet embedded in the plan that categorizes the majority of debris found in quadrants that are delineated in the worksheet. Learners see how studying wrecks like this one can lead to the acquisition of quite a bit of knowledge about a culture.
Could the history of bread really be interesting? Yes, it could! An informational text gives scholars wheat production background from 8,000 years ago, discussing different types of bread and the current industry in Oklahoma. Learners practice reading comprehension by pausing to discuss unknown words, inferences, and main ideas. They use the worksheet here to solidify these skills and summarize the text in one sentence. Next, pairs make some bread of their own using these step-by-step instructions. Find a list of defined vocabulary words here as well as extension ideas using bread dough.
This lesson focuses on making bread, but also spends some time on the origins of wheat. In order to make the bread, each class member receives a kit full of the materials they will need. Included here is a detailed list of instructions for making the bread. While the resource lists many standards, there is only one page of reading accompanied by five questions.
Junior archaeologists will be able to describe shipwreck artifacts and the information they reveal. They work in small groups to reasearch wreckage features of different period ships, making this not only a science instructional activity, but a social studies instructional activity as well!
Students consider adaptations as a means for survival in a particular habitat. In this biology lesson, students analyze benefits students engage in four activities, each exemplifying a different adaptation; camouflage, beak adaptations, and early human tools. As a final project students will write an essay based on how they think early humans adapted to their environment.
Students explore wheat. In this bread making lesson, students make their own loaf of bread and discover the history behind wheat. They work in pairs to follow step-by-step instructions for making the bread. This lesson includes a worksheet, resources for extra reading materials, and a vocabulary list.
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.
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.
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.