Friday, August 29, 2014
This unit is about the human need to answer the questions: "What does it mean to be human" and "How did we get here?" Throughout the year we focus on creation stories from around the world. This unit relates the creation story that science tells. Concurrent to this exploration the class is arranged into "cave clans." One wall of the room is devoted to this simulation. Each clan is given a part of the wall—its territory—to fill with land forms and plant, animal and mineral resources. As the unit progresses, the class reflects their learning in the world they create on our wall, adding technological and cultural characteristics as they earn them. One day is devoted to trying our hands at cave art, as the room is transformed into a darkened cave, the doorway reduced to a mere crawlspace. Using small flashlights as torches, students find alcoves beneath their desks lined with a simulated rock surface and etch their own designs, reminiscent of those from Lascaux, upon the "rock." Here is a great website for human ancestry. Another good place to look for more information on the story of Hominid Development is Donald Johannson's site. If you're interested in rock art, here is great site to explore paleolithic art from around the world. Of course you should be deeply interested in this topic. It is, after all, the symbolic representation of the world that is a prime differentiator between humans and other members of the aminal kingdom. Enjoy..
BBC World News
- Mass rally in Tunis over museum raid Thousands march in Tunis over the Bardo Museum terror attack, as authorities say that one of the raid's leaders has been killed.
- 78 DNA strands found in Alps crash Five days after the crash of Germanwings flight 4U 9525 in the French Alps, investigators say they have isolated 78 distinct DNA strands.
- Arab League to create military force Arab League countries meeting in Egypt agree to create a joint Arab military force amid a crisis in Yemen and regional jihadist threats.
- Singapore holds Lee Kuan Yew funeral Singapore holds a state funeral for its founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, with tens of thousands lining the streets despite torrential rain.
- Iran nuclear negotiations intensify Six world powers and Iran intensify talks in Lausanne, as a deadline to reach a deal on Tehran's nuclear programme looms.
- Air Canada plane 'exits' runway An Air Canada plane landing at Halifax, Nova Scotia, leaves the runway while landing, with 23 people taken to hospital for observation.