Activity Overview

Prehistoric cave paintings date from about 10,000 to 20,000 years ago, the oldest found is 44,000 years old! They were made on cave walls or ceilings with paint applied by finger, chewed sticks, or fur for brushes. These paintings may have served as storytelling, history recording or for rituals. They include animals and people and give scientists clues about how early humans lived and survived. In this activity, students will create their own cave painting. It's a fun way for students to understand the importance of these paintings. Students will have to consider what scientists of the future would learn about their lives from their cave painting. They can put characters, scenes, items, and animals that are important to them to give clues about their lives and values.

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create your own cave painting! If scientists of the future saw a cave painting about your life many years from now, what would they find?

Student Instructions:

  1. Using the blank cave template, add appropriate scenes, characters, items and animals to create a cave painting about what is important to you. Imagine that it would give clues about your life to scientists in the future!

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/2] Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/6] Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/7] Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation

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