Thursday, August 29, 2013
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
- South Sudan clashes 'kill 400-500' Fighting between rival factions after a reported coup attempt in South Sudan has claimed 400-500 lives, the UN says, quoting unconfirmed reports.
- Russia woos Ukraine with major offer Russia pledges billions to help Ukraine as it attempts to stop it moving towards the European Union - a key demand of weeks of protests.
- Italy probe into migrants' treatment Italy launches an inquiry into the treatment of migrants at a reception centre on Lampedusa after secret footage shows them being forced to strip.
- India-US diplomat row escalates India orders reprisals against the US, including the removal of security barriers around its embassy, after a diplomat is arrested in New York.
- Mali leader's party declared winner An alliance of parties supporting Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has won parliamentary elections, the government announces.
- Australia eyes $90m jobs package Australia announces plans to set up a A$100m ($90m; £55m) fund to create jobs in states affected by Holden's decision to stop making cars there.