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Lesson Plan 3 – Virtual Exploration of Lascaux Cave


Computers & Internet, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies  



Title – Walls That Tell a Story Unit –
Lesson III – Virtual Exploration of Lascaux Cave (CI)
By – Donna Hennessy
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Secondary Subjects – Math, Science, Social Studies, Computers/Internet
Grade Level – 5

Walls That Tell a Story Unit

I. Table of Contents

II. Curriculum Web of Activities

III. Narrative Rationale

IV. Timeline for Implementation of Lessons

V. Unit Materials and Resources

VI. Lesson Plans:

      Lesson Plan 1 –

Mapping Walls

      (Math, Social Studies)
      Lesson Plan 2 –

Building the Biggest Walls


Lesson Plan 3 – Virtual Exploration of Lascaux Cave (CI)

      Lesson Plan 4 –

Breaking Down Walls

    (Language Arts, Other)

VII. Unit Comprehensive Assessment

VIII. Culminating Activity-Field Trip

Walls That Tell a Story

VI. Lesson Plan #3

Virtual Exploration of Lascaux Cave

Lesson Rationale & Context:

      The children have been learning about various walls from the book

Talking Walls

      . The book tells us that Lascaux cave in France was discovered by four teenagers who were looking for their lost dog in the woods. Through this lesson, children will see there are other ways to research a topic than just through books. One of the ways are through webquests such as this. By viewing this webquest:

    children will be able to take a virtual tour of Lascaux Cave in France. They will find out how the cave was discovered, look at a map of the cave, and view the murals on the cave walls.

Learning Objectives:

  1. SWBAT research Lascaux Cave in France through a webquest.
  2. SWBAT see some of the famous mural paintings in the cave and identify them.

New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards:

    8.1.5.B. 5. – Technology – Information Access and Research

    • Recognize the need for accessing and using information.



        Access to the computer lab

        Assessment questionnaire

        Webquest site programmed on favorites keys for each computer


        Access to computer with website:

      Questionnaire for children to complete after taking the virtual tour

Lesson Procedure:

      Anticipatory Set:

        1. Teacher will tell students that they will be going on a virtual tour of Lascaux Cave in France.
        2. Tell children they will be able to visit all of the different chambers in the cave and learn about the various paintings within the cave.

      Main Activity:


        1. The teacher will show the children how to navigate through the various locations on the webquest.

      Independent Practice:

      1. Children will be able to work independently on a computer in the computer lab. Students will navigate through the various locations in the cave, writing down important information, and viewing the various murals in the cave.


      1. Teacher will ask students about what they found on the webquest. Questions like, how was the cave discovered, what does it look like, and why are people no longer allowed to visit the cave?


  • Student will have to answer a series of fill-in-the-blank questions to determine how much they learned by viewing the webquest.
  • Also, there will be pictures of the various murals, and children will be asked to identify them by name.


  • Children who are not familiar with the computer can sit with the teacher to help them go through the various menus.

Narrative of Pitfalls, Solutions, & Reflections:

  • Children who do not have computer experience may have a hard time maneuvering through the webquest.
  • Also, there could always be computer difficulties such as the internet being down. Teacher would have to have a back-up plan available in case of technical difficulties.

Lascaux Cave Assessment:

  1. Where is the cave of Lascaux located?
  2. Who discovered the cave and how?
  3. What are some of the images you would find in the cave? (List 3)
  4. Why is the cave no longer open to the public?
  5. Do you agree with the decision to close the cave off to the public? Why or why not?

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