Activity Overview

After students learn about some of the different early humans, they will create a timeline chart that includes a description of the early human that lived during that time. They should be sure to include the Australopithecines from 4 million years ago, Homo habilis from 2.3 million years ago, Homo ergaster erectus from 1.9 million years ago, Homo sapiens neanderthalensis from 230,000 years ago, and Homo sapiens sapiens from 35,000 years ago. Teachers may also wish for students to include the Neolithic period from 12,000 years ago.

Students may also use the migration map to show where the early humans were located at the time. This chart can serve as a visual depiction of their learning for teachers to assess as well as a study guide for students to use.

Students can also create a timeline poster to incorporate into a presentation or gallery walk if teachers would like them to use a more traditional timeline format. You can add more than one template to this assignment to give students lots of options, and update the instructions accordingly.

Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Demonstrate your knowledge of early humans by creating a timeline of their evolution.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Using the chart, add in the dates at the top headings to indicate different time periods.
  3. In the subheadings, include the names of the different early humans (hominids) that lived during these time periods.
  4. Include 1-2 sentences that describes the hominids’ and their capabilities.
  5. Create an illustration that represents each time period/hominid using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  6. Save and submit your storyboard.

Requirements: Illustrate 5-6 different time periods and include the names of the early humans that lived at that time. Add an illustration with appropriate scenes, characters, and items to describe the early humans and their capabilities.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Timelines

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/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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