Using this integrated, thematic unit, students will explore ancient rock art sites around the world, and create their own petroglyph by carving on a plaster rock. They will examine art prints to identify characteristics of early human art, and play a game to classify the designs, just like the paleoarchaeologists. Activities and materials include
Travel Tour Guide, a student reader in two versions (grades 3-4, and grades 5-6). Both levels can be used in the same class.
Vocabulary Bookmarks (2 reading levels) and Study Cards (24), which highlight unit specific words
Art Project Directions (3), which walk the students through making, painting, and carving a piece of rock art
Science Projects (2) that explore and experiment with rock porosity, and the creation and removal of a patina
Point of Interest Cards (10), written in a travel genre, that describe important rock art sites throughout the world
Math Projects (2) involving the relationship of metric to standard units of linear measure, and creating a life sized model from a scale sized drawing
Classification Game and game board
Art Prints (19)
Map Study Cards (10), to provide practice with identification of landmasses, countries, and continents
Students will research rock art sites, choose one of interest to them, and write an article in the travel genre to include in a class made Tour Guide.
The unit will take 2.5-5 days to complete, depending on how many activities you choose to do. Complete and directed lesson plans are included, which work well if you need plans for a substitute for 3-5 days. Material preparation can be done for you by classroom volunteers using the included directions. There are a lot of materials to prepare, but they will last for a long time if printed on cover stock and laminated.
This unit works well on its own, but is also a great supplement to a unit on native people, or earth science studies of rocks and minerals.