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6th grade social studies students study in "caves"

6th grade social studies students at East Union recently got the chance to experience what life might have been like in prehistoric times.  Ms. Haney and Mrs. Arce built caves for the students to study cave art. The students crawled through the “caves” with flashlights and studied different primary sources and pictures of cave art from Prehistoric Times. The students had to make predictions about why they think the creators of the artwork created that particular piece.

Students looked at Cave Art that featured Mammoths and Bison, including the first cave art that was discovered in France. They also looked at tools and other materials from prehistoric times.

Students were able to create their own piece of cave art to show that they understood the concept of cave art and its simplicity. Students had to draw a symbol that represented themselves that they think would be seen in a cave.

The teachers built caves using paper and photocopies of the cave art. Students received a guide to help them tour the cave. They had to label different parts of the cave art that helped them figure out the reason the cave art was created. Then they had to form a hypothesis and write their answers on their guide.

“We had a lot of fun creating this lesson and it was even more gratifying to watch the students bring history alive in our classroom. They had so much fun and learned a lot about different pieces of Cave Art,” said Mrs. Arce.

According to 6th grader, Travis Horne, “This was one of the funnest lessons. It was really fun to crawl around on the floor and use flashlights in class.” 

According to Ms. Haney, "We are always looking for new ways to bring history alive for our students. We thought this would be a great way for students to experience what life was like in a cave and let them explore a little bit for themselves."

Written by: Jessica Haney, social studies teacher
Posted: Oct 24, 2013 by Susie Jones

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