Paleolithic Days
     Sixth Grade Full Immersion Stations
    In an attempt to have the kids truly experience what life was like for early man, the sixth grade engaged in 6 different stations, replicating a different situation that Paleolithic Man might have dealt with.  The sixth stations included shelter building, fire-making, cave art, nonverbal communication, tools, and food gathering.
    Each station attempted to fully immerse the students in the process of survival for early man. Shelters were built that had to withstand earthquakes. In Fire making, the students attempted to start a fire by rubbing sticks together.  In cave art, the  students viewed different examples of cave art and then tried to create their own cave art showing the movement of a herd of animals or some other scenario/piece of information that the band would need to know for the future.  In nonverbal communication, the students experienced what it would be like to have to communicate a relatively complex thought and action without using words.  Only hand gestures, pointing, and grunts were allowed.  In creating a dugout canoe, the students used "real" stone tools to cut, scrape, and shape a dugout canoe out of either a potato or a cucumber.  They tested their design by trying to find how much weight/supplies their canoe could hold before it sank in a sink of water.  In food gathering, the students had to learn how to use other senses besides their eye sight and learn to fish by feel using their hands in the dark in an attempt to catch a fish.  They did this while trying to overcome their fear of being bit or clawed by the "fictitious snake, crawfish, and attack fish" in the water.  
    In each station the student encountered a problem and working in groups had to identify the problem, develop a plan, and try different solutions to achieve the goal.  In all the event was wonderful and the students walked away unscathed and with a much better appreciation of life in the Paleolithic time period!