THEME: Where We Are in Place and Time

An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

Central Idea: Our human origins interconnect us.

Sixth Grade Students will be learning about:

  • The connection between early human groups.

  • The causes for early human migration. (i.e. land bridge)

  • The changes that occurred when early humans migrated to new locations. (i.e. nomads (hunter and gatherers) to farmers)

  • The effects of early human groups settling in one place and beginning farming communities, and eventually civilizations.

  • The relationship of human migration of the past to the present.

Sixth Grade Students should be able to answer the following questions after the unit of inquiry:

  • What is the relationship between early human groups?

  • What was the impact of the Ice Age on early human migration and settlement?

  • How did early humans transform their ways of living and adapt to their new environments?

  • What was the sequence of events that led nomadic groups to create systematic civilizations?
  • How does human migration of the past relate to human migration of the present?
  • How do we connect to early humans as well as each other through our migration histories?

Novel students will read to support their unit of inquiry and research:
Maroo of the Winter Caves by Ann Turnbull

Websites students should consider to support their unit of inquiry and research are:

Becoming Human
Human Origins

Discovery Education Video Segments

The Ice Man Discovered Video

Websites that will be used to support student learning during the unit of inquiry are:

Webquests: Early Man Virtual KeynoteHuman Origins and Migration Patterns

Migration Pages: Human Migration Guide Migration Station Migration-The Human JourneyXpeditions Atlas world map

United States History of Immigration
Map Maker

Interview Guide

From Sudan to the United States video clip

Our Human Origins Interconnect Us Project: