Teaching students about cave art can be engaging at so many levels. Making a cave wall to draw on is a great introduction to texture for little ones, while delving into the symbolism of the images can be a great experience for older students.
Whatever level you teach, if cave art is a part of your curriculum, check out this awesome resource for the Lascaux Cave that the French Ministry of Culture has put together.
You can use the site in a variety of ways. Clicking on “A visit to the cave” will get you started with a virtual tour. From there, you can choose to explore the different paintings whenever an “explore” button pops up.
This is a great site to use if you have a projector in your room. Turn off all the lights and let the “oohing” and “ahhing” begin! Make sure to have the sound on for an even better experience.
Although I use the site in a group setting with my younger elementary students, I can see taking an older group of kids to the computer lab for some individual exploration.
Tell us, do you teach cave art? If so, do you introduce it in a fun way?
How can you see using this site in your classroom? We’d love to hear!
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