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Mapping and exploring uncharted territories may seem practically impossible on our planet, but Eddy Cartaya has found some cool places to boldly go where no one else has gone: glacial caves. He shares his experiences and excitement about being the first person to map some ice caves on Mount Hood in Oregon, and explains that, without trigonometry and other math, it would not be possible to accurately map the caves. 
Students read and discuss Tom Sawyer's cave adventure. In this realistic writing lesson, students create original stories of their cave adventure which must include 2 landforms, 2 animals and 2 characteristics of caves. Students compare and contrast their stories to that of Tom Sawyer.
Measurement and map skills are the focus of this lesson plan, where learners crawl through a "cave" made out of boxes, desks and chairs, observing the dimensions.  Your young geographers measure various aspects of the cave and practice math skills needed to create a related map scale. By observing a variety of authentic cave maps and create their own cave map representing the classroom cave students can solve and write related story problems.
Students tour a cave and observe fractures in the cave's ceiling. They record characteristics of the fracture. They locate three major passages in the cave and ten major fractures.
Annotations on a copy of excerpts from Plato’s allegorical dialogue, “The Cave” are used to focus attention on specific passages in the dialogue. Readers are ask to draw the cave as it is described, to recount what happens to the released prisoner, to explain why the man wants to return, and to detail what happens to him when he returns, including how the other prisoners react to the change in the man. After this close reading exercise, participants prepare for a full-class discussion by responding to discussion prompts as homework.
Students explore how people in earlier times used art as a way to record stories and communicate ideas. By studying paintings from the Cave of Lascaux and other caves in France, students discover that pictures are more than pretty colors.
Young scholars pretend they travel to the past to explore how people in earlier times used art as a way to record stories and communicate ideas. They study the paintings in caves found in France as a frame of reference.
Students investigate growth rates of flowstone formations. They view a virtual field trip and discuss how flowstones form. They observe the cave fieldtrip and predict the growth rate for a cave formation. They graph growth rates and calculate ages of the formations.
Students create cave drawings of their own after viewing ancient neolithic cave paintings. In this cave drawings lesson plan, students use chalk and construction paper.
Can we perceive reality or are we chained by preconceptions that limit our vision? Plato’s allegory “The Cave” serves to introduce nascent philosophers to Plato’s dialogues and hopefully to engender a love of ideas and discourse. A round-robin format is used to read the story, and then individuals sketch their vision of the cave. Lesson two in the series focuses on the significance of the cave analogy.
Students explore caves. In this cave formation lesson, students take a virtual tour of a cave and then participate in a scientific investigation that requires them to grow crystals and chart data regarding their growth.
Students compare drip rates at several different locations throughout a cave. They observe, first hand, the heterogeneity in flow paths present in karst aquifers such as the Edwards aquifer.
Young scholars take notes and sketch during the Internet research. They take notes of the colors found in the cave paintings (black, browns, ochre, sienna). They create an initial full size comprehensive sketch on scrap paper and in their journal, they write what their cave painting represents.
Explore caves with your class! Your scholars will participate in scientific observation, research, inference and deduction, reading, vocabulary, and writing activities about caves with this lesson plan. This resource contains five reading sections and after each one, learners participate in follow-up activities designed to reinforce the knowledge they gained from the reading. 
Students They engage in a positive group building experience that requires extensive trust and communication between participants. They explore basic spelunking, study appropriate first aid and review general rules for safety in caves.
Learners explore relict species. In this anchialine cave lesson, students identify relict species associated with anchialine caves, and explain the importance of preserving anchialine caves and species.
What a great lesson! Learners read a story called Painters of the Caves by Patricia Lauber which discusses Stone Age wall paintings in Avignon, France. There is a series of discussion questions, comprehension questions, and a graphic organizer to help learners demonstrate their understanding of this text. 
Students share their knowledge of creatures that live in caves, then read a news article about new cave animals that have been found in California. In this current events instructional activity, the teacher introduces the article with a discussion and vocabulary activity, then students read the news report and participate in a class discussion. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
Learners design an environment that resembles a prehistoric cave. They use ancient rock art as inspiration for their own artistic expression. They demonstrate their understanding of the vocabulary, tools, and techniques used in prehistoric cave art and share their artwork with the class and discuss the meanings of their paintings.
Students, when given a microscope or a camera, write two observations they have seen using technology that they did not see with just their eyes with 100% accuracy. When given a blank map, they mark the location of Mammoth Cave along with two other caves in the U.S. with 100% accuracy.