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Prehistory unit study

This unit study was designed for my Kindergartener.  I took the prehistory unit study that I did with my older kids about 4 years ago and adapted it for her.  She hasn’t really had much interest or exposure to dinosaurs so I made sure to cover them in our study.  My son lived in breathed dinosaurs when he was younger and did a dinosaur unit study in Kindergarten so I skipped that in our previous unit study.  I’ve also changed some things that didn’t work well and put in some better videos.



  1. Read DK Revealed Dinosaur
  2. Watch Walking with Dinosaurs: First Blood http://documentarystorm.com/walking-with-dinosaurs/
  3. Watch Walking with Dinosaurs: Time of the Titans
  4. Watch Walking with Dinosaurs: Cruel Sea
  5. Start Dinosaur book with I Can Draw Dinosaurs
  6. Watch Walking with Dinosaurs: Giants of the Skies
  7. Watch Walking with Dinosaurs: Spirits of the Ice Forest
  8. Watch Walking with Dinosaurs: Death of a Dynasty
  9. Finish Dinosaur book with I Can Draw Dinosaurs
Early man
  1. Read The Usborne Book of Living Long Ago pg 2-3, 26-27
  2. Read Maroo of the Winter Caves chapters 1-2
  3. Tour the cave http://www.lascaux.culture.fr/#/en/00.xml
  4. Read The Usborne Book of Living Long Ago pg 50-51, 74-75
  5. Read Maroo of the Winter Caves chapters 3-4
  6. Watch videos of coracles:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX-ujWjICeIand http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkAEhEWQAuA
  7. Make coracle pg 75 in the Usborne Book of Living Long Ago
  8. Read Ancient World: Internet Linked World History pg 4-5 first farmers and first towns
  9. Read Maroo of the Winter Caves chapters 5-6
  10. Read The First Dog
  11. Watch Walking with Beasts Mammoth Journey  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShfX7_ktZX4
  12. Read Maroo of the Winter Caves chapters 7-8
  13. Read You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Mammoth Hunter
  14. Read Maroo of the Winter Caves chapter 9-10
  15. Make wooly mammoth cake http://eclectic-homeschool.blogspot.ca/2009/11/woolly-mammoth-cake.html
  16. Read Maroo of the Winter Caves chapters 11-12
  17. Watch Walking with Beasts Sabre Tooth Tiger http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH3tG3URi_s
  18. Read Maroo of the Winter Caves chapter 13 – 14
  19. Make Sabre Tooth Tiger cake http://eclectic-homeschool.blogspot.ca/2010/01/saber-tooth-tiger-study.html
  20. Read Maroo of the Winter Caves chapter 15-16
  21. Read about otzi man http://www.angelfire.com/me/ij/oetzie.html
  22. Make arrowhead cookies
  23. Watch Lascaux cave http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DV0xrbvVAQw
  24. Watch ancient cave art http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3b1sX_WOlA
  25. Do cave art in a tent


  1. What do you do about the evolution stuff in the dinosaur videos? Millions of years etc? Maybe we’ll do the Creationist Unit study first… my son is pretty sensitive and I’ve noticed he’s been bothered by the bombardment of evolutionist propaganda in videos.

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  3. Hi, I love how you laid this information out. HOw did you go about finding, viewing (preview) and planning out the videos? That’s a very lengthy process. I’m curious how you did it because I get so overwhelmed by the many choices out there. I like a simple formula of books + videos + one project and then a topic is done (add experiments for science) but I just so overwhelmed and plan too much etc.

    • Thanks Ira. This study is mostly recycled from several years ago and only took about an hour or two to put together. It probably took several hours back when I first put it together too. I usually first choose the books. I like to look at Amazon or Rainbow Resource and then check them out of my library if they have them. For this study I purchased the books so I chose them by viewing inside the book. I then choose videos to go along with the topic and some kind of activity. I didn’t prewatch these videos, but I did have my daughter watch one for a few minutes to see if it would be too scary. My oldest son used to love shows like Walking with Dinosaurs when he was young so I didn’t feel like I needed to prewatch these. If you go here: http://eclectic-homeschool.blogspot.ca/search/label/prehistory you can see some of the prehistory things we did years ago. I tend to spend more time on a topic than most, but it works well for us that way.

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