At the bottom of the post I've updated with the actual lesson notes after teaching it... if you find my brainstorm-jumble frustrating, I hope this added information will help! Please feel free to contact me with any questions!
Bought for Camp:
read Quaternary book from
- print photos of our skin bacteria growing in Petri dishes, for calendars
- photocopy record sheets for Hunter/Gatherers simulation game
- design Expo flyer on Cava, send to Walgreens to print in 5 x 7 inch size
- buy large 1/2 gallon glass jars for Early Humans rice/skull capacity display
- buy yeast for yeast balloons demonstration
- buy celery for vascular bundles demonstration, and place in plain, red, and blue water
- choose recipes for Expo reception food and buy ingredients
- buy party goods
- assemble posters and put up displays
- make detailed to-do list for tomorrow
we are going to focus here on Early Humans, which is basically transitioning into the Third Great Lesson
rice / skulls activity from Michelle Breyer's book
she covers Australopithecus, Homo Habilis, Homo Erectus, Neandertal, Homo Sapien (Cro-Magnon), Homo Sapien Sapien
I still think this is the very best way to convey the scale to kids. Who would think, reading all of these detailed notes about everything that has happened, is that the Paleozoic Era doesn't even begin until November!!!!
cave paintings - art
Hunter/Gatherer simulation game from Michelle Breyer's book - NEED TO PHOTOCOPY some more record sheets
masks? that would be amazing
TED talk for them to watch at home afterward? dark matter - the world yet to be explored
or, if you really want to get things hopping, Rupert Sheldrake's The Science Delusion
or, for older kids, that article from the Guardian about whether agriculture was the worst thing that ever happened to humans!
And the Expo wraps up the camp on Friday afternoon -- can't wait to share all this with parents!
prep Friday night:
THURSDAY AM - read When Cave Men Painted, do virtual tour of the caves as Lascaux and find the cave painting from the story, cave-style art on 12 x 12 pieces of thin cork using charcoal sticks and chalk pastels in earthy tones
THURSDAY PM - paint and print hands for final piece of Early Human art (we have many options for December in our calendars), make final calendar art choices, glue in chosen pieces, add extra pieces of art to museum displays, continue individual & group projects and work on displays for Expo tomorrow
We have been working HARD to get ready for the Expo! We are brainstorming lists of all that still needs to be done, and students are working individually or in teams on projects and displays.
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