Simple Schooling Speleology – Cool Caves take your 3-5th grade student on a journey to the underworld…well sort of! In this unit learners will define what a cave is, learn the four main types, how the caves form as well as how the cave decorations (called speleothems) form, get some safety guidance for cave explorers, and learn a bit about some of the more notable cave systems in the United States.
This unit also includes some significant free projects provided by USGS and other organizations to help children understand caves. Click the links at the end to take a tour of a virtual cave and watch the videos both inside the unit and as part of the optional resources.
Click here to access the Cool Caves unit study
USGS Cave Story, Worksheets, and Lesson Plans
NPS Cave & Karst Program
Virtual Cave Tour
US Fish & Wildlife - Indiana Bats, Kids, & Caves Educational Program
NOAA - Make a Cave
NOAA - Living in a Cave
NOAA- Cave Critters