A complete lesson plan. Elementary and middle school students step back in history to live the life of a Cro-Magnon cave painter, foraging for painting materials and creating their own tools in the process.
The Lascaux Caves, among others, are a prime example of the artistic, sacred, and practical aspirations of Early Man. Cro-Magnons portrayed success in fertility, plentiful herds, protection from predators and more in their cave paintings. Why did they put such faith in these depictions? How did they create tools and paints? Were there differing needs for different clans or bands?
Your students will gather and construct all that they need for this project-based experience. You will put them into different clans or bands based geographically across Southern Europe.
Then the fun begins! Students will paint their cave “wall” sections to depict their aspirations. The overall effect when all clans have finished is spectacular—a classroom display fit for Open House!
Unit includes materials list, photos, and procedures.