The Old Stone Age and The New Stone Age
English Language Arts (2005), Social Studies
Intermediate, 6th Grade
The following lesson includes information pertaining to the ways in which man lived during the Old Stone Age and the New Stone Age. Learners will acquire knowledge through the utilization of a PowerPoint presentation while completing a graphic organizer throughout the lesson. In addition, the instruction will enhance knowledge through the implementation of the interactive capabilities of the SMART Board.
The students will:
- Describe how humans lived during the Old Stone Age and the New Stone Age.
- Compare and contrast the characteristics of the Old Stone Age and the New Stone Age.
- Create a diorama, depicting the lives of humans during the Old Stone Age and the New Stone Age.
Approximately three 45-minute periods.
- PowerPoint Presentation
- Graphic Organizer
- Graphic Organizer Key
- Interactive SMART Notebook File
- Venn diagram
- Diorama Rubric
- The instructor will ask the following questions: When did the first man roam the Earth? How do we know?
- The instructor will inform the students that they will be viewing a PowerPoint presentation about the first men on Earth, how they lived and survived. Archaeologists and scientists know some information about these people from artifacts and bones left behind.
- Each student will be provided with a graphic organizer to complete while the instructor is presenting the lesson. (The class will fill in the top definitions and the Old Stone Age portion of the graphic organizer.)
- The instructor will access the PowerPoint presentation and discuss the footprints left in Tanzania about 3.6 million years ago.
- The instructor will present the theories about the first species of man on Earth. Explain that scientists propose that all of the millions of species of organisms present today, including humans, evolved slowly over billions of years. According to many experts, man has simply developed from another organism. Discuss the characteristics of the Old Stone Age throughout the presentation. (PowerPoint Slides 1-19)
- The instructor will access the SMART Notebook File. (Slide 1) Review the terms and concepts from the PowerPoint lesson by playing the soccer game. Click on the clue (9 overall) and have individual students solve them by selecting letters on the SMART Board. If the students are having difficulties, there is an option to buy a letter in order to solve the clues.
- The instructor will present the next slide in the SMART Notebook File (Slide 2) and have a student click on the horse, which links to an interactive website. The students will read the introduction about how different parts of an animal were used for tool making during the Old Stone Age.
- The instructor will select various students to click on the different parts of the horse (i.e. click the hooves, stomach, hair, and bone) and read about the uses for each part. A student will click on the Raw Materials portion of the menu. The instructor will select a student to click on the picture to the right of the horse. The students will read the caption below the picture about how man would use a variety of materials to make tools and equipment.
- The instructor will continue to choose various students to explore the illustration by clicking on different portions of the picture (i.e. click the clothing, spear, and harpoon) and read about the uses for each object.
- The instructor will complete the lesson by asking the following questions: What do you think was the most important development of the New Stone Age? How did man utilize animals and plants for making tools and equipment?
- Review the terms and concepts from the previous lesson.
- Access the PowerPoint lesson. (Slide 20)
- Explain to the students that the class will be discussing the characteristics of a time period that occurred after the Old Stone Age, called the New Stone Age.
- Direct the students to complete the right hand portion of the graphic organizer labeled, New Stone Age, throughout the lesson (Slides 21- 33)
- Continue to discuss the developments of the New Stone Age. Check students' understanding by asking the following questions: How are the ways in which man lived during the Old Stone Age and New Stone Age similar? How are they different?
- Access the SMART Notebook File. (Slide 3)
- Review the main characteristics of the New Stone Age through the interactive capabilities of the SMART Board. Select students to place the correct illustrations in the recycle bin. (Incorrect pictures will not go inside the bin.)
Click Below for Lesson Components:
PowerPoint PresentationGraphic OrganizerGraphic Organizer KeyVenn DiagramInteractive SMART Notebook File
- Provide students with a Venn diagram to complete in class. Direct the students to use the graphic organizer for information in order to complete the Venn diagram.
- Access the SMART Notebook File. Go over the Venn diagram together (Slide 4). Have the students use the interactive capabilities of the SMART Board to move the appropriate characteristics into the correct portion of the diagram. (The answer key to the Venn diagram is located on Slide 5.)
- Assign students a diorama project creating a depiction of the lives of humans during the Old Stone Age and New Stone Age. In addition, students will be directed to write two paragraphs, comparing and contrasting the diorama's presentation of human life during the Old Stone Age and New Stone Age.
Click Below:Diorama Rubric