Monday, September 15, 2014

Reviewing, Quizzing, and Examining Early Agricultural Tools

Warm Up: Quiz  We are going to have a quiz today about the following topics we've studied recently: human migration, surviving the Ice Age, and the development of farming. But before you do, we are going to watch excerpts of three short videos to help you review the content and important ideas.

Now that you've had an opportunity to review, it's time for the quiz, which you can find here. Most of the quiz is multiple choice, however there are two short response questions. For the short response questions, explain your ideas as completely as possible so I'm clear about what exactly you know and understand. If you finish early, you may silent read or take A.R. tests until the rest of your classmates are ready to move on.  

Life at the Time: Tilling the Soil  Students: How might you plant a garden without using any tools?  It would be pretty difficult, wouldn't it. Therefore, can you understand why even early on using tools for farming was so important?  

Let's read the introductory paragraph from the passage below. Now take a moment and carefully study the images and accompanying captions in order. 

Who probably made the tools show in the pictures? 

How might a toolmaker have been paid for the work? 

Look at how the toolmakers improved designs as time passed. Which sickle do you think would have been most efficient? 

Now imagine that you are farmer in the ancient Middle East and you have used one of the more advanced metal sickles for the first time. Discuss with the members of your group all the various benefits of using a metal sickle. In what what ways will it help you produce more food crops?   

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