DeSoto Caverns
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Kindergarten

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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Kindergarten Science Content Standards

Kindergarten students enter school with an eagerness to explore the world around them. Although their experiences and background knowledge may be limited, science instruction provides ample opportunities to develop investigative thinking, argumentation, and reasoning in the context of familiar surroundings. Students develop the foundational skills necessary for future learning in science.


Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions


K.2

“Use observations and data from investigations to determine if a design solution (e.g., designing a ramp to increase the speed of an object in order to move a stationary object) solves the problem of using force to change the speed or direction of an object.”

Supporting Curriculum

Let’s talk about Motion and Stability! How would you get something that is standing still, to move? Do you have any ideas about this? Maybe write down how you think you can get an object to be in motion that is still! Well let’s look into some ways to move something or someone down a ramp!

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Quiz

Here’s a quiz to take to see how much you have learned!


Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics


K.3

“Distinguish between living and nonliving things and verify what living things need to survive (e.g., animals needing food, water, and air; plants needing nutrients, water, sunlight, and air).”

Supporting Curriculum

How can you tell if something is living or not? Do non-living things need to drink water? Do they need to go to the bathroom? Let’s watch this video to learn more!

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Quiz

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


K.5

“Construct a model of a natural habitat (e.g., terrarium, ant farm, diorama) conducive to meeting the needs of plants and animals native to Alabama.”

Supporting Curriculum

Let’s talk about natural habitats and how they protect animals. At DeSoto Caverns we have special animals that need protecting and we had a local schools step in to make a habitat for that special animal. When Childersburg’s fifth grade students learned what a positive role bats had on our local environment, they decided to team up with DeSoto Caverns to #savethebats! They created several bat house models and the winning model was built and placed at DeSoto Caverns for a special bat friendly environment. Now you may want to build a habitat for ants or any other sort of creature that needs special place to live.

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Quiz

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


Earth's Systems


K.7

“Observe and describe the effects of sunlight on Earth’s surface (e.g., heat from the sun causing evaporation of water or increased temperature of soil, rocks, sand, and water).

Supporting Curriculum

How do you think the sunlight affects the earth? Is it even important? Well, it is very important! In the photos below, you can see a world that is unaffected by sunlight. What do you notice is different? Are there many plants? Are there many animals? 

Here are some photos of animals that can survive without sunlight.
 

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Quiz

Here’s a quiz to take to see what you know about how the sunlight affects the world you live in!


K.8

“Design and construct a device (e.g., hat, canopy, umbrella, tent) to reduce the effects of sunlight.”

Supporting Curriculum

Do you get hot when you sit out in the sun? Well let’s look at some fun ways to cool off on hot days!

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Quiz

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


K.9

“Observe, record, and share findings of local weather patterns over a period of time (e.g., increase in daily temperature from morning to afternoon, typical rain and storm patterns from season to season).”

Supporting Curriculum

What time of day do you think is the hottest? Can the weather change over a day? Does the season affect the weather? Let’s learn more in this video!

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Quiz

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


Earth and Human Activity


K.10

“Ask questions to obtain information about the purpose of weather forecasts in planning for, preparing for, and responding to severe weather.”

Supporting Curriculum

How would you prepare for a cold day? How would you prepare for a hot day? How would you prepare for a rainy day? Share some of your thoughts! At DeSoto Caverns we prepare for cold, hot, and rainy days differently. If you are inside of our caverns it doesn’t rain! And if you are inside of the caverns, it is the SAME temperature EVERY day! Also if you are in a cave, a tornado cannot get to you, because it cannot pick a cave up! How cool is that!? But most of us don’t live in a cave, so let’s see what you know from this fun quiz!

Quiz

Here’s a quiz to take to see how much you have learned!


K.1

“Sequence events using schedules, calendars, and timelines. Examples: daily classroom activities, significant events in students’ lives. Differentiating among broad categories of historical time Examples: long ago, yesterday, today, tomorrow.”

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!