Thursday, 27 January 2011

SoTW Vol 1 Ch 1 Part 1

Today we tackled the first section of chapter 1 of The Story of the World Vol 1 :)
The section is about the first nomads - particularly cavemen. They give the starting date as about 7,000 BC but we've put our timeline at 40,000 BC. Yes! We finally have a timeline :) Or at least the first part of one..... from 40,000 BC to 0. Would that be 0 BC or 0 AD?

The Girl stuck the very first picture on it - a tiny cave painting that she did. It's about 2" x 1.5" in real life :)
They did some cave paintings to go in their notebooks too. This is a sabre-tooth tiger and a hunter. We used acrylics on scrunched brown paper to give the effect of a cave wall.


We were lucky enough to visit the Lascaux caves a few years ago. Our holiday diary and the virtual caves really jogged our memories.

We looked at lots of pictures of stone tools and compared it to a piece of flint that I found somewhere*. It's quite sharp and resembles a scraper. I did have to stop the Girl from tying it to her 'spear' though. I thought that was going a bit too far ;)

They spent a happy afternoon playing at being Stone Age children practising their hunting skills with wicker woolly mammoths and garden cane spears :)

Another successful day. Hooray!!

*I think it's flint. I have no idea where I found it. Probably a beach somewhere on the east coast. Ho hum!

Books we read -

Living Long Ago (Living in History S.)
The Children's Picture Prehistory, Early Man, The Story of the first people on Earth
Toolmaker by Jill Paton Walsh
Prehistoric Life Colouring book

Places to visit
Creswell Crags

Useful websites

Cave painting lesson

Virtual Tour of Caves at Lascaux
Virtual Tour of the Cave at Chauvet-Pont-D'Arc

Stone Age Family picture to colour
Toolmaker and tools to colour
Woolly Mammoth to colour
Prehistoric hut to make

Clip Art
Prehistoric Mammals
Cave Paintings
Prehistoric Animals

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