How Humans Adapted to Their Environments


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What was the Neolithic era?

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1. What was one of the first major ways that people altered their environments?

2. Which of these were forms of irrigation developed by ancient people?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

For centuries, humans have continuously worked to change their environments. This quiz and worksheet will help you to identify and remember some of the key ways in which humans have improved their environs. You will be evaluated on the aims of agriculture, the different irrigation systems, and how societies changed the environment around them.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz and worksheet to:

  • Recall the numerous systems of irrigation
  • Bring to mind the definition of the Neolithic era
  • Remember the purposes of agriculture
  • Call to mind an initial way that humans changed their surroundings

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about a variety of irrigation methods in a different light
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as qanats and terraced irrigation to identify which were used by ancient people
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding agriculture

Additional Learning

Learn how humans altered their surroundings to make life more comfortable with this video lesson titled How Humans Adapted to Their Environments. This lesson will teach you:

  • The meaning of Neolithic era
  • When the first forms of irrigation began
  • Ways rivers were used by early societies for irrigation
  • How early humans used agriculture to modify their environments