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.
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.
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!