Lesson Plan

C.A.V.E.S.

Russell Cave's Entrance

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Grade Level:
Third Grade-Fourth Grade
Subject:
American Indian History and Culture, Anthropology, Archaeology, Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Botany, Conservation, Earth Science, Ecology, Education, Environment, Geology, History, Museum Studies, Reading, Science History, Writing
Duration:
60 Minutes
Group Size:
Up to 24 (4-8 breakout groups)
Setting:
in the park
National/State Standards:
SS 4.2 4.5 4.7
Keywords:
Caves, Native American culture, native americans, Native American history, Alabama, earth science, physical science, history, geology, Biology Plants

Overview

C.A.V.E.S. is a self-guided tour for upper elementary school groups or scout groups.  Five stations based on the significant features of RUCA will be visited by small groups. Each group will visit the following stations: Caves, Archaeology, Vascular Plants, Ecosystem, and Skins & Skulls.  During these stations, each small group leader will be issued a tablet. Using the tablet, students will listen to a podcast for an introduction and instructions for station.

Objective(s)

Students will be able to do the following: 
  • Identify the geological components of Russell Cave.
  • Describe the physical changes to the cave since prehistoric times. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the archeological excavations that occurred at RUCA. 
  • Match vascular plant characteristics with native RUCA plants. 
  • Describe the interdependence of RUCA's native plants and animals. Students will be able to apply knowledge of native animals to identify skins and skulls of RUCA native animals.


 

Background

C.A.V.E.S. is a self-guided tour for upper elementary school groups or scout groups. Five stations based on the significant features of RUCA will be visited by small groups. Each group will visit the following stations: Caves, Archeology, Vascular Plants, Ecosystem, and Skins & Skulls. During these stations, each small group leader will be issued a tablet. Using the tablet, students will listen to a podcast for an introduction and instructions for station. Additional pictures will be available for groups that complete their station early. 

Materials

Tablet (5) Podcast on tablet work station activity packet (1 for each student)

Procedure

Assessment

Students will make a Russell Cave National Monument "layered book" foldable with three sheets of paper. Label each flap according the workstation visited and write summary of each station. Encourage each student to share with the class or a partner the summary of their favorite workstation. If desired, return some or all of the layered books to the rangers at Russell Cave to help assess this program.