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Activity Overview

After students learn about the differences and similarities between the Paleolithic Age and the Neolithic Age, it's helpful for them to organize the information in a way that makes it easy to remember. In this activity, students will create a T-Chart that compares and contrasts the two periods. They should include several categories, such as food sources, homes, tools, and clothing.

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Objective: Compare and contrast the Paleolithic Age and the Neolithic Age.

Student Instructions:

  1. Using school resources, conduct some research and learn more about the similarities and differences between the old stone age (Paleolithic) and the new stone age (Neolithic)
  2. On a T-Chart, compare and contrast the two time periods with information about the Paleolithic age on one side and information about the Neolithic age on the other side. Add appropriate words and images to describe each category.

Requirements: A minimum of 1-2 sentence description and appropriate illustrations for each of the categories: food, homes, clothing and tools.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Compare and Contrast with T-Charts

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/9-10/3] Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/1] Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/7] Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/9] Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/WHST/6-8/2/B] Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

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