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Exploring the Cave
Students read and discuss Tom Sawyer's cave adventure. In this realistic writing activity, 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.
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.
Scaling it Down: Caves Have Maps, Too
Measurement and map skills are the focus of this lesson, 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.
My Glacier Cave Discoveries
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.
Cave Activity: Mapping Fractures
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.
Bermuda: Search for Deep Water Caves: Living Fossils
High schoolers 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.
Outdoor Action Caving Trip Protocols
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.
Painter of the Caves
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.
Scientists Find 27 New Species in Caves
Learners 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.
Cave Art Drawing
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.
Field Trip to Mammoth Cave
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.
Painters of the Caves
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.
Secrets of the Crocodile Caves
Students watch a program examining the crowned lemur and cave-dwelling crocodile of Madagascar. While they watch, they take notes on prey and predators, the role of the animals in their community and how they are different. To end the lesson, they participate in an experiment in which they analyze a food web from different regions in Madagascar.
How Caves Are Formed
Students explore caves. In this cave formation activity, 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.
Cave Art: Discovering Prehistoric Humans through Pictures
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.
Cave Art: Discovering Prehistoric Humans through Pictures
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.
Cave Formation Age Estimation
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.
Anchialine Cave Species
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.
La Vie en Cave!
Students 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.