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FC: Early Humans and the Paleolithic World


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6 highly engaging and focused lessons that have students answering the following framing question: “What was life like for the earliest people and how did they come to populate the earth?”

Grade: 4th Grade

Weeks: 1.5

Pages: 114

Standards: 4.1 - 4.6, 4.9, 4.10

File Type: pdf

Slide Deck Included: Yes

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Product SKU: PEDFC411


Students learn about why and how hunter-gatherers were the first modern people. Our lessons focus on how early hunter-gatherers lived in Africa and then moved to Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Eventually, they lived in almost every part of the world. In this topic, students learn about how early humans made tools out of stone and bone to help them hunt, how they learned to control fire, and how they made words to pass on what they knew to their children and grandchildren.

Lessons are focused on the course framework and have students analyze excerpts from a wide range of primary and secondary source documents. Then, the students answer the different supporting questions that help them answer the framing question. Students will complete various graphic organizers and question banks that will help them answer the framing questions. There are also a wide variety of readings that allow students to gain the core background knowledge needed to understand social studies. These activities have students working with primary and secondary sources, and they are specifically designed and chunked for better student comprehension, engagement, and fun!

Lessons are developed using all the sources and readings that are in the social studies course frameworks provided by the Louisiana Department of Education.

What does it include:

  1. Detailed lesson plans aligned to the standards and frameworks.
  2. Activities that include all the materials provided in the frameworks
  3. Assessments aligned to the new LDOE field test.
  4. Lesson activity workbook/worksheets
  5. Slide deck


  • 4.1 Create and use a chronological sequence of related events to compare developments and describe instances of change and continuity.
  • 4.2 Use a variety of primary and secondary sources to:
    • Analyze social studies content.
    • Explain claims and evidence.
    • Compare and contrast multiple sources.
  • 4.3 Explain connections between ideas, events, and developments in world history.
  • 4.4 Compare and contrast events and developments in world history.
  • 4.5 Construct and express claims that are supported with relevant evidence from primary and/or secondary sources, content knowledge, and clear reasoning in order to:
    • Demonstrate an understanding of social studies content.
    • Compare and contrast content and viewpoints.
    • Explain causes and effects.
    • Describe counterclaims.
  • 4.6 Create and use geographic representations to locate and describe places and geographic characteristics, including hemispheres; landforms such as continents, oceans, rivers, mountains, and deserts; cardinal and intermediate directions; climate and environment.
  • 4.9 Describe the characteristics of nomadic hunter-gatherer societies, including their use of hunting weapons, fire, shelter and tools.
  • 4.10 Describe early human migration out of Africa, first to Europe and Asia, then to the Americas and Australia

Framing Question

  • What was life like for the earliest people and how did they come to populate the earth?

Supporting Questions

  • How do we know things about the ancient past?
  • How and why did human beings migrate to different places around the world?
  • What was everyday life like for early hunter-gatherers?


2 reviews for FC: Early Humans and the Paleolithic World

  1. Pam Nunnally (verified owner)

    This was the perfect addition to our curriculum! Thank you so much!

  2. Ruby Stevens (verified owner)

    This is an amazing resource! It aligns with the LDOE curriculum as well! Thank you so much!

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