TEACHING MATERIALS

BIG HISTORY PROJECT / LESSON 6.1

EARLY ANCESTORS IMAGE SORT
TEACHER INSTRUCTIONS
Print or project the...
TEACHING MATERIALS

BIG HISTORY PROJECT / LESSON 6.1

EARLY ANCESTORS IMAGE SORT: ANSWER KEY
In your notebook or in the sp...
TEACHING MATERIALS

BIG HISTORY PROJECT / LESSON 6.1

EARLY ANCESTORS IMAGE SORT
In your notebook or in the space provided...
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BIG HISTORY PROJECT / LESSON 6.1

EARLY ANCESTORS IMAGE SORT
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STUDENT MATERIALS

BIG HISTORY PROJECT / LESSON 6.1

EARLY ANCESTORS IMAGE SORT
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Consider how humans have evolved from their early ancestors by sorting a set of images.

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Early Ancestors Image Sort

  1. 1. TEACHING MATERIALS BIG HISTORY PROJECT / LESSON 6.1 EARLY ANCESTORS IMAGE SORT TEACHER INSTRUCTIONS Print or project the Early Ancestors Image Sort worksheet, which shows some of our early ancestors. Have students indicate the order of the images, from earliest ancestors to Homo sapiens, on the worksheet. At this point, the students are not presumed to have any formal understanding of how humans have evolved. This activity provides an opportunity to start their thinking about this process and to put their limited understanding to use. This activity should be done quickly. After students have arranged the images, ask them to jot down everything they can that differentiates humans from our ancestors. Have students share out some of the differences they come up with. Later in the lesson, they will have a chance to form a deeper understanding of how humans have evolved from our early ancestors, and to see how that compares with what they came up with here.
  2. 2. TEACHING MATERIALS BIG HISTORY PROJECT / LESSON 6.1 EARLY ANCESTORS IMAGE SORT: ANSWER KEY In your notebook or in the space provided below, indicate the correct order of the images to illustrate the progression of development, from oldest human relative to most recent. A. Homo sapiens B. Homo habilis C. Neanderthal D. Australopithecus E. Homo erectus 1. D. Australopithecus: Extinct hominine genus, closely related to humans, that existed in Africa from about 4 million years ago to 2 million years ago. 2. B. Homo habilis: Extinct hominine genus, closely related to humans, that existed in Africa from about 2 million years ago to 1.4 million years ago. 3. E. Homo erectus: Extinct hominine relatives of modern humans that lived in Africa about 2 million years ago; some left Africa and journeyed to Eurasia. 4. C. Neanderthal: Homo sapiens’ closest extinct relatives, who lived concurrently with Homo sapiens and died out about 28,000 years ago. 5. A. Homo sapiens: Appeared about 200,000 years ago and is currently the final species in the evolutionary process of humans and the species to which all modern humans belong.
  3. 3. TEACHING MATERIALS BIG HISTORY PROJECT / LESSON 6.1 EARLY ANCESTORS IMAGE SORT In your notebook or in the space provided below, indicate the correct order of the images to illustrate the progression of development, from oldest human relative to most recent. A. Homo sapiens 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. B. Homo habilis C. Neanderthal D. Australopithecus E. Homo erectus
  4. 4. STUDENT MATERIALS BIG HISTORY PROJECT / LESSON 6.1 EARLY ANCESTORS IMAGE SORT Take a look at this set of images showing some our early ancestors. Using your intuition and anything you’ve learned before, lay out the images in order from our earliest ancestors to our own species, Homo sapiens. Don’t worry about being completely accurate, just have some fun with it and make your best guess. This activity provides an opportunity to start thinking about human evolution and should be quick. After you have arranged the images, jot down everything you can think of that differentiates humans from our ancestors. Later in the lesson, you will have a chance to form a deeper understanding of how humans have evolved from our early ancestors.
  5. 5. STUDENT MATERIALS BIG HISTORY PROJECT / LESSON 6.1 EARLY ANCESTORS IMAGE SORT In your notebook or in the space provided below, indicate the correct order of the images to illustrate the progression of development, from oldest human relative to most recent. A. Homo sapiens 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. B. Homo habilis C. Neanderthal D. Australopithecus E. Homo erectus

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