California Content Standard Historical and Social Sciences Analysis Skills Grades 6-8, Historical Interpretation- 2. Students understand and distinguish cause, effect, sequence, and correlation in historical events, including the long- and short-term causal relations. 3. Students explain the sources of historical continuity and how the combination of ideas and events explains the emergence of new patterns.
California Content Standard 6.1 Students describe what is known through archaeological studies of the early physical and cultural development of humankind from the Paleolithic era to the agricultural revolution.
For this activity, students are able to analyze the importance of major events and discoveries that shaped the course of human history. Using the same readings from the "Early Humans Timeline Activity" students will identify both cause and effect in early human development. Make sure you identify where in the activity sheet students have to identify a cause or effect. If you are scaffolding instruction, I recommend you do this activity after the the timeline activity.