5th graders looked at the petroglyphs adorning the Mesa Verde. We learned about the Native American's that inhabited the cliff dwellings here. We discussed how little is known about the people that lived here. Most of what we know about their existence comes from studying their artwork. The artwork (petroglyphs) are carvings made into the stones and stone walls. There was no written language, so they told stories with their symbols and drawings. We are left to decode their artwork and try to figure out the story being told to us.
After using a ruler and building a clay slab box to specific size requirements, we used sharp pencils to carve petroglyphs into the unfired, but dry, clay. Without using words, symbols only, our clay boxes tell our personal narratives. They "talk" about our families, our hobbies, our likes and dislikes.