How did we get here?
How do we know it
Wants: T Chart NEEDS:
New Civilization Activity
Congratulations!! You have been chosen by NASA to travel to a
newly discovered planet and begin a new civilization. You
have about 25,000 people living there with you, but YOU are
in charge. It is your responsibility to decide what the planet
will need to become civilized.
As you are deciding, think about what a group of people needs
to live peacefully as a society. Think about the daily
activities, how they live, ways to survive, and systems that
need to be in place. Then create a poster that shows what
you believe your civilization on the new planet will need.
YOUR POSTER MUST HAVE:
a. Name of your civilization
b. List of NEEDS with brief explanations as to why
it is needed.
c. Symbols/Pictures to represent those needs.
So it means . . .
Want: Something that is nice to
have, but it is not necessary to
Need: Something you must have in
order to survive.
Wants and needs are one thing,
civilization is another!
There are EIGHT signs of civilization.
This means that in order to be considered
CIVILIZED a group of people must do these
Civilization: A society that has achieved a
high level of culture, including the
development of systems of government,
religion and learning.
You are going to take notes in your BUBBLES.
You should write down WHAT IS UNDERLINED
In your bubble!!!
Cultivation (GROWTH) of crops.
This means that people could grow crops on their own. They no
longer had to follow food, they brought the food to them.
Farming tools such as RAKES and PLOWS were used for the
It was so important that farm tools were used because now
people could not only grow their own food, but they could do it at
a very fast rate. The tools helped people to plant and grow food
Domestication of Animals.
This means that animals were used for human purposes.
People could eat, sell, or trade animals.
This was so important because people had tamed animals and
no longer had to follow them around for food. Instead people
herded animals and had them available when they were needed.
Permanent cities and homes - people stayed in
These homes were always near WATER!
Why do you think they were near water?
This is very important because now people
stayed in one place. If we look at signs 1, 2,
and 3 we see that people are now able to
get food, water, and shelter.
Economic Achievements - Trading,
This was so important because people
could trade or exchange goods for
things that they did not have. At first,
people did this to help meet their
basic needs but as civilizations
developed people increasingly traded
in order to get materials they wanted!
High Levels of Art: People created
statues, sculptures and jewelry.
People are no longer just making
things to survive, they are now
making things that they think are
appealing to look at, things that
they want, and things that
represent their society.
Highly Organized Society: People
created governments, rules, laws,
Think of what our world would be like with no rules or laws! It
would be hard to imagine! When a society has rules and laws
it can function better. In order to create rules and laws and
have people buy in or listen to them, you need to have some
form of government.
Specialization was also developing. This means that people no
longer all did the same jobs, but that each person was a
SPECIALIST in ONE job. As a SOCIETY they shared their
Intellectual Achievements: People
have the ability to write and
communicate, keep records, and
have created calendars.
Writing helped to keep track of trade and business
People have increased communication between
themselves and others. This encouraged a sharing
of ideas and a better development of culture.
Advances in Technology
New advancements were made like:
The wheel, metal, irrigation, cars
Why do you think advancements in
technology are so important?
Are we still making more
Was your plant a
Did you have all EIGHT signs of civilization?
In you did CONGRATS! Your civilization will
If not, think about what you needed to add.
Take a few minutes to EVALUATE your