Rock Art Caves
Subjects: Social Studies, Art
Grade level: 4
Rationale: Students use the Internet to learn about rock art and the raw materials used to create them. Students work together in small groups to create caves for other students to explore in the classroom.
Lesson Duration: One class period
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS):7th Grade
Step 1: Show students several examples of rock art: Rock Art of Texas and the World.
Step 2: Students explore the interactive: “Make Your Own Rock Art!” on Texas Beyond History to learn how prehistoric peoples created paint pigment and brushes using materials found in nature.
Step 3: Divide students into small groups and give each group several large sheets of brown paper and colored markers. The groups cover the “cave walls” with their own rock art designs.
Step 4: Tape the sheets of paper over desks or attach to the wall or bookcase to make a “cave” for each group. Rock art designs should be inside the cave.
Step 5: Groups explore the different caves and try to learn something of the culture portrayed by the rock art.
Student Product:Paper cave drawings
Author: Michael Whalen
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