Students will be given a two-hour tour, jam-packed with content. They will take a trip through Gap Cave and explore rock formations and sediment layers. They will see the historical Hensley Settlement and learn about plants and animals that are native to Kentucky. Students will explore hiking trails to the Pinnacle Overlook where they will be able to see three states at once, and even stand in two places at once while on the KYVA border. Students will see an exhibit about Daniel Boone and Dr. Thomas Walker and also visit the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum. Upon return, students will complete a culminating project that integrates the knowledge learned on the trip and uses their prior knowledge of science and social studies. The project will include a diorama of the student’s favorite part of the trip and a narrative writing about the depiction. Students will identify ten facts about the diorama and give an oral presentation. Prior to the field trip to Cumberland Gap State Park and Gap Cave, students in Mrs. Lawson’s fourth grade science class were very busy. They studied the layers of the earth and each one’s composition and made a model of the layers to illustrate their knowledge. Students also completed an open response question about what it would be like if we could actually take a trip to the center of the earth. Next, the class studied rocks and minerals. They learned that rocks are formed during the rock cycle and that fossils are found in sedimentary rocks. Students used Starburst candy to illustrate the rock cycle and completed a lab report on their findings.
Grade 4-Social Studies and Science
Rosspoint Elementary, Harlan County
Project Title: CUMBERLAND GAP STATE PARK TRIP ARI Innovations Mini Grant Recipient