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Early Humankind

$160 per month or part of the Ancient History program

1 session per week


Allison Bruning 




11 - 15  years old




Session 1: The World's Early People


Students will define prehistory, archaeology, artifact, fossil, theory, hominid, Paleolithic era and migrate. 

Students will summarize the difference between an archaeologist and a historian. 

Students will identify what archaeologists can learn from artifacts and fossils. 

Students will explain the archaeological process on how artifacts and fossils can be found. 

Students will describe the surroundings australopithecines lived in. 

Students will describe the different ways Homo erectus used fire.

Students will identify the archaeological evident that tell us Homo erectus migrated to Asia and Europe. 

Students will identify Mary Leakey and explain why she is important to Ancient History.


Imagine you are member of Johanson's team on the day of Lucy's discovery. Write a journal entry that describes the excitement when Lucy was found. Be prepared to share your journal entry with the class in the next session.

Session 2: Early Modern Humans


Students will define humankind, technology, adapt, environment, extinct, hunters and gatherers and consequences.

Students will share their journal entries with the class. 

Students will explain how the physical development of early humans was superior to that of earlier hominids.

Students will describe how early humans adapted to their environment. 

Students will explain why hunters and gatherers were always on the move. 

Students will describe what the Ice Age was like. 


Use the map titled "Migrations of Early Humans" that was given to you and make a time line that shows when early humans first arrived on the different continents. Be sure to label your time line. You  may conduct research on the internet and/or in your library to help you with this project.  Be prepared to share your time line with the class in the next session.

Session 3: Hunters and Gatherers of the World


Students will define nomad, society, role and culture.

Students will share their time lines with the class. 

Students will identify the changes that occurred in Earth's environments about 12,000 years ago.

Students will explain how the modern day San people give historians and archaeologists a glimpse into prehistoric life. 

Students will explain why the Nile River was a good place to life.

Students will discover how prehistoric men created weapons and tools.

Students will describe the fishing tools people living along the Baltic Sea developed. 

Students will identify what the first clay pots were used for.

Students will summarize the importance of the Clovis and Folsom points.

Students will explain how people living in eastern North America used trees.

Students will describe the types of environments early people adapted to in South America. 

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