Stone Age to Iron Age Guided Reading

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Changes in Britain from Stone Age to the Iron Age – 5 Guided Reading Scripts (the places mentioned being in Britain)
These guided reading scripts were written to complement the two class plays I, Sue Russell, have written – entitled Changes in Britain from Stone Age to the Iron Age Class Play (for 7 – 9 year olds); and Stone Age to Iron Age Class Play (for 9 – 11 year olds).
Most of my scripts are on TeachersPayTeachers website but for a comprehensive coverage see www.plays-russell.com
Suggested time allocation: 20 minutes each.
Reading time - around 5 minutes each, not including quiz and discussion suggestions
6 speakers for each:
Narrator
Hunter Gatherer
Farmer
Stone Age Man
Bronze Age Man
Iron Age Man

1. When? Timeline
• 8 million years ago – apes/early humans – fossilized remains in Africa
• 4 million years ago – Cavemen
• 2.7 million years ago – Stone Age (First of the ‘3 Ages’: Stone, Bronze and Iron)
• 2.7 million years ago (i) Palaeolithic or Old Stone Age
• 20 – 10 thousand years ago (ii) Mesolithic or Middle Stone Age
• 10 thousand years ago (iii) Neolithic or New Stone Age
• 4,000 BC Farming throughout Britain
• 2,000 BC Bronze Age in Britain
• 600 BC Iron Age in Britain

2. Key Changes and Factors effecting Change:
- Ape to Caveman (Physical development that enabled more use of hands)
- Development of Tools – starting with flints; and later Weapons
- Stone to Bronze to Iron
- Impact of Ice Age
- Hunter Gatherer to Farmer

3. Changes – Things
- Weapons
- Food/Storage
- Farming Techniques
- Pottery, Bronze, Iron
- Impact on Population

4. Changes – People
- How they looked (dressed)
- How they communicated
- How they organised themselves
- Farming
- Trade
- War
5.
Evidence
- Olduvai Gorge flints/ Flint Mines
- Cave Paintings
- Skara Brae
- Field Patterns
- Stonehenge
- Hill forts - Danebury Hill

TIME ALLOCATION
These plays are all approximately 5 minutes reading time, plus quiz and discussion time.
Suggested time allocation: Around 20 minutes This will obviously vary according to how much time is spent on discussion. I have suggested some possible themes – others can of course be added.
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Stone Age to Iron Age Guided Reading
Stone Age to Iron Age Guided Reading
Stone Age to Iron Age Guided Reading
Stone Age to Iron Age Guided Reading