5th grade earth
Exploration into Solution Caves
How can water soaking into Earths crust change the land
In this lesson, students will gain an understanding of how solution
caves form through a hands-on simulation of the geological processes
causing the formation of solution caves. After completing the
students will hand in a lab write-up of the exploration and then
visit a virtual
Author: Judeen Bachura
Subject: Earth Science
Learning Level(s): Intermediate; Fifth Grade
Standards: Kansas Curricular Standards for Science Education
Three Class periods; 45 minutes each
Day 1: Exploration Simulation is completed during
this class period with rough draft notes taken of the materials
used and the process.
Day 2: Final simulation lab write-ups will be worked
on and completed during this class period.
Day 3: Students will visit a virtual
solution cave on the web.
Modeling Clay (such as PlayDoh)
Water (preferably in a small pitcher or large shaker container
such as a salt or pepper shaker emptied and filled with water)
To produce this simulation, shape clay into a rounded formation.
Form a cavern into one side. Insert a sugar cube (representing
sedimentary rock formations) into the cavern area of the clay.
Insert small pieces of straws by pushing them down from the top
of the clay form to the cavern area. (Make sure straw pieces do
not become blocked with clay when inserted.) Set completed clay
formation into the pie tin. Slowly pour or shake the water (representing
acidic rain water that becomes acidic groundwater) over the clay
formation and observe what happens to the sugar cube (the sedimentary
rock formation) as it is subjected to acidic groundwaters.
Students need to: listen, work independently or with a partner
to complete assigned tasks, take notes and apply writing process
skills, and have basic internet usage skills.
Assessment: Student lab write-ups will be assessed along
with teacher prepared scavenger hunt of virtual solution cave
Teacher Notes / Reflections:
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