To trace the cultural development of man during prehistoric times.
1 class period
Begin by reading the introductory paragraphs with the class about the time period known as prehistory, or the Stone Age, which most researchers have divided into three stages:
(1) the Old Stone Age, or Paleolithic period
(2) the Middle Stone Age, or Mesolithic period
(3) the New Stone Age, or Neolithic period
Class members then compete in a fun contest during which a series of statements is shown with information about man’s development during prehistoric times. As students read each of the sentences, they must decide which word or phrase in parentheses correctly describes life during the three periods of the Stone Age. Each student can take their best guess at the answer by underlining their choice. The winners of the contest are the persons with the most correct answers.
To end the activity, class members define a few terms related to the lesson topic. They will also trace the development of man during prehistoric times by listing his accomplishments during the three periods of the Stone Age on a chart.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment or used as a review exercise later in the school year.