I wrote these materials for use with my third grade class as an introduction to a larger unit about Colonial America in New England. The objective was to give the students a background in the prehistory of North America; to learn that humans had already been living on this continent for thousands of years before the first European Colonists; to learn something about the environmental conditions and animals during the last Ice Age that brought people from Asia and led to the populating of the Americas.
These integrated subject materials for grade 3 make up a lesson focusing on Woolly Mammoths, the environment in North America at the end of the last Ice Age, and the effects of climate change on the environment and animal populations.
The content and activities touch on mammoths and other ice age animals, mammoth adaptations for survival in a cold climate, geography, social studies (the movement of the ancestors of Native American peoples from Asia to North America as they followed herds of animals that they hunted during the last ice age), the extinction of mammoths due to environmental changes and human pressure, paleontological discoveries and the detective work used by scientists to learn about extinct animals, and a little bit of linear measurement and timeline construction in math.
The topic of climate change at the end of the last Ice Age is a good segue to the topics of the rapid, human-caused climate change of today and the negative effects this is having on life on Earth.
Included is a four-page booklet for the students called "Woolly Mammoths and the Ice Age in North America", a list introducing vocabulary and definitions to go over before reading the text, a worksheet of questions to follow reading the text (all answers to be found in the text) , a sheet of projects and activities to extend the learning, and a bibliography and resource list.
The packet can be done individually as independent work by motivated learners and capable readers, in small groups as guided reading activity, or as a whole-class project.
These materials could also be used successfully by 4th-graders and by motivated 2nd-graders. It is also suitable for homeschoolers, and can be followed by a visit to a science museum!
Created on a Mac using Microsoft ® Word, saved as a PDF file.