Student trace the beginnings of early human society, covering the emergence of civilizations and the agricultural revolution.
The Beginnings of Human Society unit contains 3 learning experiences.
Learning Experiences (Lessons) in The Beginnings of Human Society Each learning experience takes about 45 minutes to teach in the device-enabled classroom.
Emergence and Migrations of Early Humans
Students encounter the early peoples of the Paleolithic Era. They locate the physical geography of several places where prehistoric modern humans lived. Next, they explore major Paleolithic cultural developments such as language, art, and religion. They learn how archaeologists work to find evidence of prehistoric people. Finally, students investigate how early peoples‚Äô adaptations to their environment enabled their survival, particularly during the Ice Age.
Students study the Neolithic Era, when agriculture, animal domestication, and permanent settlements began. They learn about advances in tool technology and about the spread of specific crops and livestock throughout the world. They connect changes in climate and population to the Neolithic advances. Finally, they make the acquaintance of a late Neolithic man whose well-preserved remains, clothes, and equipment have taught archaeologists much about the era.
Emergence of Civilization in River Valleys
Students examine why the first ancient civilizations arose in river valleys. They locate these four ancient civilizations on a map and trace the rise of all four. Next, they compare and contrast the traits of the civilizations. Finally, they discuss what present-day civilization has gained from the ancient civilizations.