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Lesson: Prehistoric People

Author: Mark Johnstone
Subject Area: Social Studies
Grade Level: 6 - 12


In this activity you will build an interactive time line to show the history of human-like life starting with australopithicine and moving forward. Illustrate your time line with pictures and other sources you find on the Internet. Reference your sources. You will also explain why not everyone agrees with this view of the origin of human life on earth.


Understand the paleontological discoveries in East Africa, such as those of Donal Johanson, Thomas Gray, and Mary Leakey. Explain the significance of the main ages of history (Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age). Focus on the importance of cave art, the development of tolos, and development of language. Recognize nature of scientific theory as informed opinion as distinct from established fact.


Use your account on Timetoast to build your time line. Start with australopithicine and build forward to modern humans. Find pictures to illustrate each species. Write a brief description of each state you place on the timeline. Include sections for stone age, bronze age, iron age cultures.

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Title: Time Toast Timeline Builder URL: http://www.timetoast.com/timelines/new
Directions: You will use Time Toast to build your timeline. This program will give you both a timeline view and a text view. You can use it to put pictures and descriptions in your project.

Title: Becoming Human URL: http://www.becominghuman.org/
Directions: Use this website for background information and activities related to human evolution.

Title: Cave of Lascaux Ice Age Paintings URL: http://www.culture.gouv.fr/culture/arcnat/lascaux/en/
Directions: Explore this site for pictures made by Ice Age humans in a cave in France.

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Activity: Time Toast



Begin constructing your time line. At this state you will only find the names of each species and illustrate each with a picture.


Go to your time line and add pictures for australopithicine. Find the names of major human like species leading to modern humans and enter them with their names on your timeline.

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