Inquiry Design Model (IDM) Blueprint™
Pictographs and Petroglyphs
NDNAEU 1 “Sacred Relatives”, NDNAEU 2 “Learning & Storytelling”, NDNAEU 7 “Native Identity”
Compelling QuestionHow do different cultures around the world  leave messages behind for others to figure out?
Standards and PracticesG.K_2.2 Describe how the physical environment affects people and how people affect the physical environment
G.6_12.2 Analyze the movement of people, goods, ideas, technology, etc. throughout the world.
G.6_12.3.1 Describe the differences and similarities among cultures around the world.
Staging the QuestionHow did Native Americans represent their History through Pictographs and Petroglyphs?
Supporting Question 1 Supporting Question 2 Supporting Question 3 
What is a pictograph and a petroglyph?What kind of messages did people leave behind for others to see?How do people communicate messages to others today?
Formative Performance TaskFormative Performance TaskFormative Performance Task
Research what a pictograph and a petroglyph are.  What are the differences?Have students research Native American symbols and where they have been found.

How are pictographs used by other cultures?
Research project:   Describe ways people have communicated in the past and present. (stone tablets, telegrams, smoke signals, morris code, email, etc.)

Students will read the Wikipedia link below as a driving question to their research projects on the History of Communication.
Featured SourcesFeatured SourcesFeatured Sources
Native American Petroglyphs and Pictographs: Drawings and Meanings
Native American Symbols, Pictographs and Petroglyphs

Pictographs and Petroglyph Images
Students will use the internet, library, and history textbook.

History of Communication
SUMMATIVE PERFORMANCE TASK: Supported Claim (written/spoken) or Demonstration of Process (project-based)Instruct students to create their own story by using Native American symbols. Have students interpret each other’s stories or messages.

Archaeologists may have different interpretations. 
SUMMATIVE PERFORMANCE TASK: ExtensionCompare the Native American Pictographs and Petroglyph to other ancient cultures of the world and how they used symbols to represent their past.  (Egypt, Africa, Europe, etc)
Taking Informed Action / Real World ApplicationMuseum field trip
Have an Archaeologist come and present to the class and describe how they study pictographs and petroglyphs.
Print Friendly, PDF & Email