Standards: The student will demonstrate knowledge of early development from the Paleolithic Era to the agricultural revolution by: describing technological and social advancements that gave rise to stable communities

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Elizabeth Irvin

Advanced World History I

Early Humans

Neolithic Era Lesson Plan

Grade: 9th

Level: Advanced
Standards: The student will demonstrate knowledge of early development from the Paleolithic Era to the agricultural revolution by: describing technological and social advancements that gave rise to stable communities (WHI.2c); explaining how archaeological discoveries are changing present-day knowledge of early peoples (WHI.2d).
Content Summary:

This lesson will focus on the Neolithic Period. All aspects of Neolithic life will be covered, with an emphasis on economics and agriculture. It is imperative that students understand the importance of agriculture in the advancement of human culture. All materials come from reputable sources, such as Brown University and The Mitchell Teachers Organization.

First, students will participate in a brief “This Day in History” activity. Second, students will take Cornell Notes while the teacher lectures and shows a PowerPoint. Third, the students will compare and contrast the Neolithic Period and the Paleolithic Period. The Cornell Notes and the Comparison activity (on a Venn Diagram) will help the teacher gauge the students’ understanding of the new material (Formative Assessment). Finally, if there is time, the students will play Bingo. The Bingo game will serve as a summative assessment for both the Paleolithic and Neolithic lesson plans.


  • The student will understand that:

    • The beginning of agriculture was a major step in the advance of civilization

  • The student will know:

    • Agriculture led to permanent settlements which led to civilization

    • Societies during the Neolithic Era:

      • Developed agriculture/domesticate3d plants

      • Domesticated animals

      • Used advanced tools

      • Made pottery

      • Developed weaving skills

    • Stonehenge

    • Aleppo

    • Jericho

    • Catalhoyuk

    • Vocabulary

      • Domestication

      • Cultivation

      • Special skills

      • Trade

      • Resources

      • Obsidian

  • The student will be able to:


  • M&ms

  • Bingo cards

  • Bingo clues

  • Prizes?

  • Cornell notes

  • Graphic organizer comparing and contrasting the Neolithic and Paleolithic Eras


  • Formative:

    • Cornell Notes

    • Paleolithic vs. Neolithic Venn Diagram

  • Summative:

    • Bingo Activity

  1. Procedures: (Scripted transitions are in pink)

  2. Before class:

    1. Set up computer for This Day in History

    2. Homework: Complete Cornell Notes

  3. First transition

    1. As students are coming into the classroom, greet them, direct them to their new seats, and tell them to contemplate This Day in History quietly. Have a discussion question for them to be considering.

  4. This Day in History (5 minutes)

    1. Transition: “Now that we are done with This Day in History,” we will go over today’s agenda.”

  5. Go over agenda

    1. This is what we’re doing today…[read off the white board]...Now let’s get started with the PowerPoint and Cornell Notes.

  6. Lecture and scaffolded notes (15-20 minutes)

    1.  Now I am going to pass out the Cornell Notes for today’s lesson. When you get them, look them over quietly. As I lecture and show the PowerPoint, you will write the correct answers in the notes. For homework you will review your Cornell Notes, which includes completing the Summary and Questions. If it is not completed, you will be penalized. [Pass out Key Terms activity and Cornell Notes -- only AFTER you’ve explained all instructions]. We are going to begin the PowerPoint now. When I am showing a PowerPoint, I expect you to be quiet, awake, and listening. Do not distract your neighbor.

    2. See lecture notes

  7. Graphic organizer: Paleolithic vs. Neolithic Eras

    1. Don’t put away your Cornell Notes! In fact, please take out your Cornell Notes from the Paleolithic lesson. I am going to pass out a Venn Diagram. You may work with the person next to you. Compare and contrast the Paleolithic and Neolithic Eras using the Venn Diagram. If you guys complete this activity quietly and efficiently, I have a fun activity that we will play afterwards. [Make sure everybody has a partner and has established their partner with you; pass out Venn Diagram]

    2. Play music?

  8. Paleolithic and Neolithic Bingo! (20-25 minutes)

    1. When everybody has finished the Venn Diagram, make sure you go over a couple of points from each portion of the diagram.

    2. Tell students to put their diagrams into their binders; they should note the diagrams on their Table of Contents.

    3. Explain the rules to Bingo

    4. Pass out the Bingo sheets

    5. In groups of 4s, tell students to come get their m&ms

    6. Only play as long as they behave.

    7. Play music


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