007 - Human Adaptation

Conceptual Question

How can humans live in a hostile environment such as a desert?

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Key Terminology

  • Necessity

Using a dictionary or an electronic device define the word above.

Activity One - Survival

  1. Write down ten things you can not live without.
  2. Explain why you can not live without those items. We will then discuss this as a group.
  3. Reorder your list in to a pyramid with the most important at the top and the least important at the bottom.

Activity Two - Human Survival

  1. Describe what you would need to survive in the desert? Hint: Think about the heat of the sun in the day and the cold at night.
  2. Explain why you would need the items you chose above.
  3. What would Ray Mears suggest?

Activity Three - Case Study

The Bushmen of the Kalahari desert are classed as the 'first' people to live there but unfortunately today there are only a few of the tribe left. The clip below gives a brief glimpse in to the life of a hunter within the tribe.

  • Write down how the Bushman hunts for food. Think about the weapons he has.