Saklan’s sixth graders have been studying early humans and their evolution process in Humanities class. The students have learned about many different hominins (formerly known as hominids), which are modern man’s most closely related relative. This field of study is constantly being updated because archaeologists and anthropologists are discovering new hominin remains all over the world. Some of the most interesting early humans the students studied were: Homo Habilis (Handy Man), Homo Erectus (Upright Man), Home Floresiensis (nicknamed Hobbit Man), Homo Sapien Neanderthalensis (Neanderthal Man), and Homo Sapiens Sapiens (Doubly Wise Man or Modern Man).
Each student learned about several hominins and chose a project to do in order to deepen their knowledge in this topic. Sixth graders were given a choice board and were able to choose from a variety of projects. Katerina, Soni, and Ani chose to make an animated, illustrated timeline. Chase, Katerina, Alex, and Damon made comic strips about early humans online, or in Chase’s case, beautifully hand drawn. Juliet, Sadie, Noah, and Loralyn made A-B-C books, which meant they worked together to find 26 words that described all the things and topics they learned related to early humans, wrote definitions and information about them, and then added an image to each page. Finally, last but not least, Alex and Danny wrote original scripts and filmed a video about interviewing an early human ancestor. The videos are really creative and funny. If you are interested in seeing their beautiful work, it will be featured on a bulletin board in the Humanities classroom next week!