DeSoto Caverns
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Fifth grade

Our purpose is to create an intentional learning experience. To ensure that each student in every grade experiences educational enrichment that corresponds to their classroom learning we have created videos, downloadable handouts, quizzes, and more that corresponds to classroom learning.

Science

Social Studies

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Fifth grade Science Content Standards

Grade 5 students have developed many skills that enable them to conduct more refined measurements of data and communicate scientific information with greater detail through various forms of presentation. They are able to recognize the process needed for planning and carrying out investigations, relate numeric relationships to patterns discovered in data, and identify the role of design solutions to problems occurring in real life. Many fifth graders are emerging scientific thinkers. An encouraging and challenging learning environment can inspire fifth graders to develop a passion for science and engineering.


Matter & Its Interactions


5.5

“Construct explanations from observations to determine how the density of an object affects whether the object sinks or floats when placed in a liquid.”

Supporting Curriculum

Let’s talk about time that has passed! How can you tell the difference between a long time ago, yesterday, today and tomorrow? Watch this video to get some ideas!

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Quiz

Wasn’t that fun?! Here’s a quiz to take to see how much you have learned!


Earth & Human Activity


5.16

“Collect and organize scientific ideas that individuals and communities can use to protect Earth’s natural resources and its environment (e.g., terracing land to prevent soil erosion, utilizing no-till farming to improve soil fertility, regulating emissions from factories and automobiles to reduce air pollution, recycling to reduce overuse of landfill areas).”

Supporting Curriculum

There are a lot of ways that we can help as individuals and communities to protect the Earth’s natural resources and its environment. You could recycle, which reduces waste in landfills and you could also become involved by adopting a highway and helping clean up litter that pollutes waters and land environments. You could also study engineering and design more eco-friendly systems for the future. As a community, we can regulate emissions from factories and automobiles, in order to reduce air pollution. And farmers can utilize no-till farming to improve soil fertility. Another way that we can be good to our land is by being a good steward of it. At DeSoto Caverns, we consider it our duty to care for this beautiful piece of land, so that future generations can enjoy the natural beauty of this unique subterranean wonder. Unfortunately, before the Caverns was being stewarded, trespassers would break into the caverns and vandalize it by writing their names on rocks, leaving trash in the cave, or by breaking off stalactites for souvenirs (which is illegal). This kind of vandalism stopped once the caverns became open for tours to the public because not only were their guides present who were passionate about caring for the property and inform guests about the damage that can be done. But the owners of the land also were able to ensure that the property was regularly being watched with in-person and video surveillance. These sorts of measures and consistently cleaning and caring for the cave ensure a clean environment that future generations will get to enjoy and experience like those of thousands of years ago. 

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Quiz

Wasn’t that fun?! Here’s a quiz to take to see how much you have learned!

5.16

“Determine the economic and cultural impact of European exploration during the Age of Discovery upon European society and American Indians. 

Identifying significant early European patrons, explorers, and their countries of origin, including early settlements in the New World Examples: patrons—King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella explorers—Christopher Columbus early settlements—St. Augustine, Quebec, Jamestown”

Supporting Curriculum

What do you know about the Age of Exploration?! Do you know what countries were a part of this exciting adventure? Do you know the impact it had on European culture or American Indians? Do you know many explorers or their patrons? In this video, we are going to share about some Hernando DeSoto’s journey. Did you know that Hernando DeSoto brought pigs and horses to America? Horses lived in America a long time before he came, but they had completely died out according to geological records a few thousand years before the Age of Exploration. But Hernando DeSoto and his men brought over 200 horses on their voyage to America and those are the horses that bread and spread across America! Unfortunately, Hernando DeSoto and his men were cruel to the Native Americans and had a large battle in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and won. He ventured on past Alabama and he and his team became among the first Europeans to travel down the Mississippi river. Not long after this portion of the trip though, Hernando DeSoto got a fever and died. He was buried in the Mississippi river.

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Quiz

Wasn’t that fun?! Here’s a quiz to take to see how much you have learned!