Introduction To the Exploration
Most people have very definite ideas of what a "cave man" is. Confronting these stereotypes can be a first step in exploring the topic of prehistoric man. In this exploration, students will be writing extensively, viewing websites, doing online assessments, participating in class discussions, reading summaries by experts, and creating a cave art project to gain a beginning understanding of early man.Subject: History
Topic: prehistoric man
Grade Level: 6
Student Lesson Page
Students have directions for viewing the assigned websites on the "Activities" page. The websites linked in the lesson are very task specific. Students are not meant to wander from the given sites. In many cases, you will find the links are part of larger sites or have further links imbedded in them. As always on the internet, please use your discretion in wandering from the assigned sites. I highly encourage you to take the cave art journey with your child.Your son or daughter will be engaging in a variety of activities. These include writing in various modes, (journal, essay), knowledge-based assessments, class discussions, and an art project. This exploration only touches the surface of the period of prehistory (history before written records). You may wish to explore this topic with your child beyond the scope of confronting stereotypes of the cave man.California Standards- History
6.1 Students describe what is known through archaeological studies of the early physical and cultural development of humankind from the Paleolithic era to the agricultural revolution.
1. Describe the hunter-gatherer societies, including the development of tools and the use of fire.
2. Identify the locations of human communities that populated the major regions of the world and describe how humans adapted to a variety of environments.California Standards- Writing
1.0 Writing Strategies
Students write clear, coherent, focused essays. The writing exhibits students' awareness of the audience and purpose. Essays contain formal introductions, supporting evidence, and conclusions. Students progress through the stages of the writing process as needed.Link to California State Standards: http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/index.aspNational Standards- History
Standards of Historical Thinking
The student engages in historical analysis and interpretation.
The student conducts historical research.
Link to copy of National Standards for History: http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/nchs/standards/
The students will complete a word search Prehistoric Cave Art, and a quiz online or in class on the sites visited.
Journal writing and an essay will be graded.A culminating art project will be the final assessment.
Lascaux Revisited-video from Crystal Productions
Lascaux Cave Art prints also from Crystal Productions
Glenview, IL 60025
(800)255-8629The following book and historical novel are used for additional study of prehistoric man:Painters of the Caves by Patricia LauberBoy of the Painted Cave by Justin Denzel