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May 25, 2018
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Sixth-graders explore the communication skills of early civilizations

Oct. 19, 2012 – Sixth-grade students in Christina Decker's social studies classes recently discovered what it was like to communicate in the Paleolithic times, which started roughly 2.5 million years ago.

As a culmination to their "Early Man" unit, students researched Paleolithic and Neolithic cave paintings and cuneiform, a style of writing in Babylonian times, on their iPads. Then, they rolled up their sleeves and recreated the cave paintings with chalk, and wrote their names on clay tablets with a wooden stylus, a writing tool used by Mesopotamian scribes.

"This is a real way to bring history to life because students can actually experience how people used to communicate before the computer, or even before the spoken word," said Decker.

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Student shows tablet   Mrs. Decker works with student on tablet


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