Recently, Ross fourth graders learned about some of the more somber parts of living in a society. In studying how a Paleolithic community worked, groups of students, or clans, were each given a “baby” (an egg) to care for and protect for five days. The clan worked together to ensure the survival of the baby, learning that babies represented the life of the clan, and that if too many babies died, then the clan would die out too. This was one way a hominid species could become extinct.
Sadly, out of the six babies in the classes, only one “survived.” Therefore, the students researched the clans’ belief systems to find out how they paid tribute to the deceased. They then worked with natural materials, created music, and choreographed rituals to honor their clan babies. The rituals were performed in class on October 11.