This was a really fun study that was in the works for quite a long time. The story of humans has fascinated Xander for quite some time, and we have visited this story many times in various ways.
We started out reading this book and watching the National Geographic Earth - Making of a Planet. If you missed our Great lessons Part 1 post you can visit it here.
Mammals Who Morph: The Universe Tells Our Evolution Story: Book 3 (The Universe Series) (Sharing Nature with Children Books)
I put together a series of laminated sheets to make large information cards that we laid out in chronological order. The sheets created a broad overview of man. We covered the great migration out of Africa,the Stone Age, Bronze, and Iron Ages. This led us to the movement of early man crossing the Beringa Land Bridge, which brought us into our Native North American Studies. Our study began with our ancient cultures of Canada. I will post about that very soon.
We will get into other ancient cultures after that.
I found the majority of this information and images on Wikipedia. I put this information together in a way most appealing to Xander and included maps, food, animals, climate, tools, shelter and homes communication and art.
Xander was very intrigued with the idea of hunting, gathering and the use of hand tools. In the upper right (photo below) you can see their large collection plate for rocks, and several other things he felt related to stone age man.
This rock was a great find! It looked very similar to the shape of a hand axe.
A little experimentation with grinding stones together.
This is another book we love about early humans by DK Eyewitness Books.
We pulled out our wall book timeline again. The links for this are in our Great Lessons Part 1 here.
We used this clay.
He had a ton of fun doing this! He shaped his objects with his hands and a Chinese soup spoon but anything would work.
Drying took a couple of days because the pieces were so thick. He painted them and did a little dry brushing to highlight the texture. He was trying to make them look aged and well used.
These skeletons were a fantastic find from a museum visit here! I did find them links for them on amazon though.
The books that came with them are well written and loaded with fun facts and information that Xander loved reading.
Miss Ava loved them as well:)
They are made with quality plastic and were fairly easy to assemble. They are also a great size. We have another human skeleton for anatomy study and it is much smaller so I think we'll use this one as well. The books detail each bone and compare the skeletons.
They talk about the bone and skeletal structure of the Neanderthal and why they may have had those characteristics.
We paid a visit to the Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria last spring. One of the galleries has a display that features Ice-Age remains from mammoth and mastodon, bison and many other species. Xander was very taken with this massive woolly mammoth display!!
Playmobil.com has amazing Cave men play sets, and on their site they have a tons of facts about the stone age illustrated with their figures. Kids can download a fully detailed booklet to read, or read it online as Xander did. Kids can also take a fun fact quiz.
This was such a fun study for Xander. He made a pre historic man Lego Stop Motion animation video with the iPad. He has made a few SM videos and is really enjoying it. This app is by far his favourite method. You can check out this app here.
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