The Search for Answers @ Silas Wood

Lascaux is famous for its Palaeolithic cave paintings, found in a complex of caves in the Dordogne region of southwestern France, because of their exceptional quality, size, sophistication and antiquity. Estimated to be up to 20,000 years old, the paintings consist primarily of large animals, once native to the region.
Lascaux is famous for its Palaeolithic cave paintings, found in a complex of caves in the Dordogne region of southwestern France, because of their exceptional quality, size, sophistication and antiquity. Estimated to be up to 20,000 years old, the paintings consist primarily of large animals, once native to the region.

As an introduction to the study of early people, the students in Dr. Bullock's and Ms. Patino's social studies classes went on a virtual tour through the Cave of Lascaux in France. The cave paintings were projected onto the ceiling and smartboard to give the effect of being in the cave. Students were able to wonder and notice about the images for the purpose of developing inquiry questions to deepen research about early people. Students inquired as to why early people created cave paintings if the handprints were signatures of painters and did the cave paintings have a religious meaning. During the following days, students were presented with a number of articles and websites to further their search for answers.