Make Your Mark

Make Your Mark

3-5 yrs old

6-7 yrs old

8-10 yrs old

Art and Design


Government and Politics

Learn about how pioneers marked their passage at Independence Rock.

avatar Submitted By: Minecraft Education

September 17, 2017


  • Creativity

Learning Objectives

  • Students will learn about Independence Rock and how pioneers carved their name on the boulder.
  • Students can also explore other landmarks around the world where travelers have left their mark or created a memorial of some kind.

Guiding Ideas

  • If you had to represent yourself via a drawing, what would you draw?
  • How can you represent your values and beliefs via art?

Student Activities

Students will create an art installation.  On a large piece of butcher paper, each student will add a drawing, collage, coat of arm, or other type of artwork that represents who they are and how they would like to “make their mark” on their school or community this school year.  Students can also add their name to the Independence Rock in Minecraft.

Performance Expectations

Game version (written for players) Independence Rock was known as the “Great Register of the Desert.”  More than 5,000 pioneers carved their name on Independence Rock to mark their visit to the location.  Independence Rock is not the only place where travelers leave their mark.  Where else in the world have people “registered” their visit on landmarks?

While travelers may only leave their name, we leave our mark on the world every day.  What kind of impact do you want to have on the people around you?  If you were to represent the mark you want to make on your school or community visually, what would you create?  Add your drawing to the class mural so everyone can see the difference you want to make this year.


  • Creativity