Social Studies

Early Cultures

Make a Before-and-After Chart. Choose an invention from the following list and explain how people’s lives were different before and after the invention: refrigerator, train, computer, microwave oven, VCR, airplane, television. Write about how possble inventions of the future change human life.

The Development of Western Civilization I:
Organized outline of Prehistoric sites

Investigate how the age of bones is determined. Since bones are organic, carbon dating is certainly a possibility, but research any other tests that might be used. Encyclopedia articles on archaeology as
well as non-fiction books on the subject can be used. Consult a librarian for assistance. Write a report on you findings, telling where the information was found.

Picture life in Border Cave. What would they see? What would they smell? What might they hear?
Write a short poem to describe the experience.

Find pictures of prehistoric paintings. Bring them to class and explain about them.

As you think about people’s lives in the Old Stone Age, what do you think they can tell us about ourselves? Create a five page booklet that contains text, drawings, diagrams, and maps. It should be titled A Profile of Old Stone Age Life. You might make it a “day in the life of” type format. Helpful
hints: Paleolithic is another name for Old Stone Age; look in the encyclopedia under Stone Age, Old Stone Age, Paleolithic, caves, cave art, cave dwellers; look in the library subject catalog for similar entries.

Pre-History: Stone Age:
Links to how people lived in the Stone Age

Think of the artifacts archaeologists have found from life in the Old Stone Age. Next think of a personal time capsule to give archaeologists clues to you own life. What items would you include in your time capsule? List the items and give the reason for including each one.

Think about future archaeologists and historians finding remains of our society centuries from now. Choose four artifacts that might be discovered. Write reports as a historian might interpret them.

Use art materials to do your own “Stone-Age cave painting.”

Pre-History: Art:

Prehistory and Ancient World: Cave of Lascaux:
Look around through the cave. Find out how it was discovered and how it is being preserved.

Find lists of books about history, including ancient history, at these sites.
Prehistoric to Ancient Times:
Kids' Historical Fiction- Ancient Times:
Kids Corner of the Buffalo (NY) Public Library:
The Magic Treehouse Ancient Worlds teacher's guides:
Lists by time period:

Select a piece of art that you particularly like. Present you choice to the class or write a paragraph that tells how you think the art work reflects the environment it came from.

Create your own work of art. In considering what you will create, first consider the elements of your environment that you want to reflect--a representation of a scene of modern life, a modern landscape, an animal scene, or an expression of an idea, a feeling, or a reaction. Next choose a medium available to you--drawing, painting, carving, modeling clay, or computer. When you have created your work, present it to the class and discuss the ways it reflects the our environment.

Make a chart identifying five cause and effects in the development of agriculture and how it led to the development of civilization.

Global warming is sometimes in the news. Tell what you know about it.

What caused the global warming 12,000 years ago? With a team of three or four other students, investigate the warming that took place 12,000 years ago and the scientific reasons for it. Prepare a presentation of you findings for the class.

Choose one farm product (apples, milk, oranges for example) and figure out how much of that product you consume in a week. Then multply that amount by 52 weeks and come up with a fugure that tells about how much a farmer has to produce to provide that farm product for you.

Create a poster entitled “From Agriculture to Civilization.” On you poster show in detail 5 causes and their effects and illustrate them.

Think about what life might be like if agriculture had never been developed. How would life be different today? Write a science-fiction story about modern life without agriculture.

List the following dates in proper order on a time line that reflects the amounts of time between them: A.D. 1850, 2000 B.C., A.D. 200, 1000 B.C., A.D. 1000, A.D. 2000.

Web Geological Time Machine:
Introduces prehistoric geology and prehistoric sites around the world

The Geological Evolution of the World:
Presents a series of images that show the evolution of the world from 510 million years ago to the present

Timeline Generator:
Create either a vertical or a horizontal time line. You should choose about six events.

Research to find out when the following events happened: the Declaration of Independence, Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo, the birth of Julius Caesar, and Marco Polo’s return to Italy. Make a time line giving these dates in order and showing the time between them.


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