The History of Fire
Deadline: Monday, October 8, 2012 by 08:00

The use of fire by early humans is one of the most important discoveries ever made. The discovery of how to control fire is hard to say, but historians have evidence that at least 500,000 years ago, early humans were using fire for their basic needs.

In spring 2012, new evidence was found in Wonderwerk Cave in South Africa that humans had possibly controlled fire approximately 1,000,000 years ago! (Please click on the tab above Chapter 1: Earliest Human Societies for a news article on this incredible finding!)

The question for this week's blog is this:

  • How did early humans know how to start fire? List three possible ways that early humans may have learned how to control fire.

Hint: Watch the short video, Quest for Fire. Caveman in Trouble, by Ed Barnes for some possible answers.

Quest for Fire. Caveman in Trouble by Ed Barnes


Famous Caves
Deadline: Monday, October 1, 2012 by 08:00

Answer the following questions to each of the pictures posted below. Post your answers on the blog. The first cave photo has been done for you.

  • 1. What is the name of the famous prehistoric cave? (Hint: Use Google Goggles or a quick Google search describing the photo to find cave names.)
  • 2. In what country is the cave located? (Hint: Zoom out on the Google Map to see the country)
  • 3. What story or stories do you think the painting is telling?

EXAMPLE: Prehistoric Cave

1. This is the Cueva de las Manos.
2. The cave is located in Argentina.
3. I think the hands represent a ritual, where teenage boys paint their hands on the cave wall before a big hunt.

Prehistoric Cave #1

Prehistoric Cave #2

Prehistoric Cave #3

Prehistoric Cave #4

Prehistoric Cave #5


Prehistoric Tools
Deadline: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 by 08:00

Can you name these five prehistoric tools?

Write them your answers in the blog below!

Tool #1

Tool #2

Tool #3

Tool #4

Tool #5


Why do we study history?
Deadline: Monday, September 17, 2012 by 08:00

For some of you in 5th Grade, this maybe the first time you have had history as a subject. Please answer the questions below on this blog: 

  • In one sentence, what is history? Write a defintion.
  • Why do you think we study history in school?

I am excited to hear your thoughts on my favorite subject (and hopefully one of yours!)

Thank you!

Mr. Hendricks


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