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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.
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.
Students research cave environments and their uses and animals and humans. They connect the traits of cave-dwelling creatures to their cave environments. They then study early cave art and recreate crayon-resist cave scenes.
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. For this cave drawings lesson plan, students use chalk and construction paper.
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.
Students 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.
Measurement and map skills are the focus of this lesson plan, where students 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.
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, 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.
By discussing Painters of the Caves by Patricia Lauber, learners can get a better understanding of this book and the impact of early art work. This would be a terrific activity packet to use to help students form their own questions for a research project.
Plato's Allegory of a Cave is represented in this animated video. It shows different characters whose dialogue expresses their importance and symbolism.
Ever heard of a stygofauna or a stygobite? How about an anchialine cave? Set your young biologists on a quest to find information about organisms that live in and have adapted to life in caves located near the water. Class members then present reports about what they discovered about these creatures and their habitats.
Learners investigate the cave paintings of France. They explore various websites, recite and discuss french vocabulary terms, create a painted cave wall, and view and discuss images of French cave paintings.
Third graders investigate caves. In this erosion lesson, 3rd graders develop new vocabulary, write a report about caves and illustrate their knowledge of caves. Students create models of caves and record their observations.
Students explore the cave described in Mark Twain's famous novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. They read a passage from the book and explore how the cave has been used throughout history.
Students visit Lascaux Caves web site, view images of paintings and observe use of elements, principles, and components of art, reflect on purpose of paintings, and form cooperative clans and imitate these paintings using fire from candles, and painting on paper attached to wall to simulate experience.
Here is a great way to incorporate art into your next unit on prehistoric people. The class makes stones out of ceramic clay and then creates paintings like those found in the Lascaux Caves in France. A video link, full day-by-day procedure, and links to recommended books and resources are all included.
Fourth graders research the rock art caves that are found in Texas. In this rock art instructional activity, 4th graders use assigned web sites to find information about the rock art that is found in caves in Texas. They work in small groups to make a rock art drawings on large sheets of brown paper that mirror those they see on the Internet.