Spelunking, or cave exploration, is a growing sport. Get ready for some virtual spelunking in this activity. Have fun exploring, from Mrs. Katz at Sonora Elementary.

Today’s Activities

Read / Write

Access the links to read about and see super cool cave formations, speleothems.

Answer questions on the worksheet as you go through your day as a virtual spelunker.

Read about caves in the U.S 

Tell what you see in this picture.
“I see ______________________” 

Erosion Math

Glaciers, Weather, and Wind Oh My! Erosion Math Worksheet

Virtual Field Trip to Moaning Cavern

Go on a virtual field trip to a local cavern, Vallecito’s Moaning Cavern.

Look at images of caves. What’s your favorite? Why?


Watch this student’s claymation video, explaining how speleothems are created. Can you create claymation or another model that represents how speleothems are created?

Draw a picture of a speleothem.

Draw a cave

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Speech and language

Focus on word study: When we know the meaning of prefixes and affixes we can figure out the meaning of brand new words.

1. “Stala” means “dripping.” How does this help you understand the terms “stalactite” and “stalagmite?”

2. “Speleo” means “cave.” How does this help you understand the word “speleothem?”

Can you discover the meaning of “them” in the word “speleothem?”

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