Petroglyphs & Pictograms are part of World & American History. They are also part of our life today. As a matter of fact, they are everywhere. Petroglyphs & Pictograms are a both an ancient art form & an ancient form of communication. They are a precursor to alphabets & the beginnings of written communication. Introducing students to Petroglyphs & Pictograms during a study of ancient people throughout the world will give them insight into their forms of art, and even more importantly, the beginnings of written communication. THESE ARE GREAT ACTIVITIES FOR BOTH WORLD AND AMERICAN HISTORY.
The activities are designed to be “pick & choose” by either the teacher or students. The only required activity is the chart. The chart explains what Petroglyphs & Pictograms are. The explanations serve as a base to educate students before they begin any of the activities.
CHARTS -The charts are the only required activity. One is completed & one is blank. You can give each student a blank chart & project the completed one on a white board, etc. Have the students fill in their charts from the projected one while you discuss petroglyphs & pictograms. The second option is to give the students a completed chart to use while completing the other activities you select to assign. Giving the students a completed chart will save class time for the other activities.
PICTOGRAMS - WHAT DO THEY TELL US? The activity requires the student to look at (6) pictograms & put titles below them based on what the pictograms illustrate. The second part of the activity challenges the student to write one (6) sentence paragraph describing the life of the people who created the pictograms. The only definite grammatical requirements I included were 6 complete sentences, appropriate punctuation & correct spelling. Creative interpretation is acceptable.
NATIVE AMERICAN PETROGLYPHS - WHAT DO THEY TELL US? The petroglyph activities ask the students to look at authentic Native American petroglyphs, analyze the meaning of the symbols used and describe the event or events the glyphs are depicting. Each petroglyph will be addressed separately by first analyzing the symbols, placing a drawing of the symbols on the provided chart
& then writing the meaning of the symbols in the box next to them. The Petroglyphs - What’s Their Story? activity challenges the students to tell the story of the people who made the petroglyph by writing the story of the people who left it. Creative interpretation is acceptable.
CREATE YOUR OWN - The activity challenges students to create their own pictogram depicting an event from their own lives. They must also explain the symbols they used by adding their symbol and its meaning to the chart below the pictogram. Student instructions are provided on the page. You may consider expanding the assignment to a larger drawing using drawing paper or even incorporating the use of clay so the students can make their own petroglyph.
CAN YOU IDENTIFY MODERN PICTOGRAMS? The activity asks students to identify pictograms that we find in our world today. It is a fun activity that shows students how we use pictograms today. The activity can be required or a bonus activity to be used after the completion of a test. It can also be considered optional if you are pressed for time.