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Russell Cave NM C.A.V.E.S. Self-Guided Tour (elementary)

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Grade Level:
Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade


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.

THE ACTIVITIES Five activities make up the field trip program. Each workstation will be initiated using a podcast. To promote learning and discipline, we recommend dividing a group into five sub groups as follows:            

C- Carnivorous Cave Dwellers            

A- Awesome Archeologists            

V- Victorious Vasculars             

E- Extraordinary Ecologist            

S- Sensational Survivors 

Each subgroup will be issued a tablet to use during each workstation. The five subgroups can complete the activities consecutively, in a round robin format. Each begins with one workstation and progresses to the next in the sequence until all six activities have been completed. The length of time devoted to each workstation is determined by the teacher. We recommend that a minimum of 15 minutes (more if available) be allowed for each, with a two minute changed over time between activities. The overall group leader will notify each subgroup leader when two minutes remain in the workstation, as well as when the work station ends.




Download CAVES Booklet (inclues pre-visit experiments, onsite activities, and post-visit worksheets)

Last updated: August 19, 2015