More Than Skin Deep, A Teacher's Guide to Caves and Groundwater
This online edition of our teacher's guide to caves is an abridged version of the print edition. Please contact us for a free copy of the print version. We hope you will take advantage of this resource to provide some advance information to your students before visiting Round Spring Caverns.
Ozark National Scenic Riverways also offers a variety of activities for teachers involving subjects other than caves. Please see our Teacher's Page for details. The online version is divided into two sections: Information Pages where you will find background information about caves, and Activities Pages, where you will find fun classroom activities.
- Visiting With Your Class
- About National Parks
- Caves and Karst
- Ozark Springs
- How Caves Form
- How Stalactites Form
- The Biology of Caves
- A Bit About Bats
- Cave Safety
- Glossary of Cave & Karst Terms
- Karst Video (18 minutes - suitable for kids)
- Comparing Bats & Birds
- Make Your Own Cave
- Does It Make Scents? (Bats)
- Turmoil in Town (Critical thinking)
- Seepy Sandwich (Groundwater)
- Making Waves (Bats)
- Clay Cave (Cave Formation)
- Grow Your Own Stalactite
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What does 'global warming' mean, and we are really seeing climate change? In this activity, students will read a Global Warming Information sheet, and measure and graph the local temperature.
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- Grade level:
- Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
This is a classroom based, free teacher led program. National Park Legacy Voyagers is designed for ninth through twelfth grade students so they can go on an exploration of National Park Sites and learn about National Parks. Lesson plans include reading, writing, community service, presenting activities. Activities focus on cultural and natural resources and reasons for national parks. Activities feature budgeting and planning activity.
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