The Paleolithic Era to the Agricultural Revolution

Session 1. Explaining How Physical Geography Influenced the Lives of Early Humans

In this learning activity students examine images in order to determine how early humans used the environment. Students use skills of observation to identify details in the images and then place them in eight categories: location, migration, physical geography, shelter, settlements, food acquisition, technological advancements, and social advancements. After students have learned the characteristics of the Neolithic and Paleolithic eras, they determine whether or not the images depict life in the Paleolithic or Neolithic Era. Throughout this learning activity students are challenged to make inferences and draw conclusions supported by evidence from the images.

Key Questions

  • How did early humans use the environment to meet their basic needs?
  • How did hunter gatherer and agricultural societies differ in their use of the land.

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WH 2a Resources for Teachers 

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