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Clifty Falls State Park Field Trip

Name: Wanda Burton Lesson Title: A Walk in the Park th Grade: 4 Type of Lesson: Duration: Transportation: Practice/Review 8:00am to 2:00 p.m. School bus & normal bus driver Date of lesson: Oct. 12, 2012 Content Area: Earth Science/Geology School: Rykers Ridge Elementary Procedures: See Field Trip Checklist & Itinerary

Objective(s): Students will be able to identify & classify the types of rocks that make up the park. Students will be able to explain the various forces of nature that created and continue to shape the area.

Assessment Tool(s): Geology & Scavenger Hunt Worksheets Assessment Criteria: Students should identify the various types of rocks on the geology worksheet with 100% accuracy. Students should complete the scavenger hunt worksheet with 100% accuracy.

Academic Standards: 4.2.1 Demonstrate and describe how smaller rocks come from the breakage and weathering of larger rocks in a process that occurs over a long period of time. 4.2.2 Describe how wind, water and glacial ice shape and reshape earths land surface by eroding rock and soil in some areas and depositing them in other areas in a process that occurs over a long period of time. 4.2.3 Describe how earthquakes, volcanoes and landslides suddenly change the shape of the land. Materials: Anticipatory Set: Map & Directions to Clifty Falls State Park in Madison, IN Give each student a copy of the Clifty Falls brochure. Student Roster Read aloud about how many of the features in the 1519 Breakfast snacks for morning bus ride acre park were formed during the Ice Age by awesome Activity Sheets/pencils/clip boards forces of nature. Field trip checklist & rules Permission slips w/emergency contact info & student meds Have the book Rock Collecting by Roma Gans available for Letter to parents the kids to look at for a couple of weeks before the trip. $300 cash ($50 driver, $50 gas, $25 park fee, $130 lunch, $45 breakfast snacks) Conduct two or three lessons about types of rocks, plate tectonics, shale, limestone, fossils, weathering, Ice Age, etc. during the week. Closure: Upon returning to the classroom after the field trip, have a group discussion about what the students saw and recorded on their scavenger hunt worksheets. Discuss the geology lessons that they will be doing the next day in class.

Note: As a side project, the students will also learn about a disease that is threatening the survival of the bat. Indiana DNR properties, including Clifty Park, have closed access to caves on their properties as a means to try to prevent the spread of the disease known as white-nose syndrome. Students will learn about the disease, how it is transmitted, and how it is affecting bats.


Dear Parent or Guardian, Attached you will find the current field trip permission form required of all Rykers Ridge Elementary School students participating in school-sponsored field trips. Though the form requests information that the school may have already collected on your child, we are asking you to provide it on this form to ensure that the updated information is available to the chaperones should it be needed in an emergency. We understand that some information requested on this form is confidential; therefore, your childs information will only be shared on a need-to-know basis. We appreciate your cooperation in completing this form.

Teacher: Please provide the following information before sending home with students.
__________________________ ____________ _________________________ Teachers name / Grade / Date of trip __________________________________________ _______________________________________________ Destination(s) / Address of Destination(s) _____________________________________ ________________________________________________ Departing from and time of departure / Returning to, and time of return ___________________ _______________________ Cost of trip / Mode of transportation Each student will need to bring the following with them on the trip:__________________________________________ Students are expected to follow all school rules and act in a safe and orderly manner at all times of this trip. Students are also expected to follow all reasonable requests of the chaperones.

Parent or Guardian: please provide the following information.

__________________________________ ___________________________________ Students name / Address _________________________________________ Home phone / Cell phone / Emergency contact # _________________________________ ____________________________________ Parent or Guardians Name Parent or Guardian phone during time of trip _________________________________ _____________________________________ (send medication with student) Medications Known allergies _________________________________ ____________________________________ Pertinent medical information Name and phone number of students Doctor _______________________________________________________________________ Name and phone # of person to call in the event the parent cannot be reached ____________________________________ ________________________________ _______________________ Insurance carrier / Policy subscribers name / Policy number _____________________________________ ______________________________ Parent or Guardian signature / Date My signature above signifies my giving permission and authority to the field trip chaperones to seek medical attention to my child in the event of an emergency. Furthermore, I agree to release the Rykers Ridge Elementary School and its employees and volunteers from any and against any and all liability, loss, damage, claims, or actions, in accordance with the current local, state and federal law, which I and/or my child may have arising out of my childs participation in this trip. Also, I understand that my child is expected to follow all school rules and act in a safe and orderly manner at all times of this trip, and is expected to follow all reasonable requests of the chaperones.

Teacher Field Trip Checklist

Advance Arrangements
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. Ask administration for permission to take kids on field trip Call the park and schedule field trip date Schedule bus, driver, and sufficient number of chaperones Seek donations for the cost of trip so that all students can go for free (need $300) Talk to McDonalds about the students eating lunch there Send out letters to parents requesting signed permission slips Send reminder to parents on Oct. 9th that have not returned permission slips Determine grouping of students that will be with each chaperone. (Dont put all the difficult students on one chaperone or it may be the last time they volunteer) Develop an emergency plan (give specific duties to specific chaperonescall 911call the parentcall the school, etc.) Meet with chaperones the day before if possible, or come in an hour early to go over trip details Make an informational packet for each chaperone Gather all necessary information (student roster, permission slips, all necessary phone numbers) Have several lesson plans and activities ready to do the day before and the day after the field trip that are related to the subject of the trip


1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. Gather all supplies Check with school nurse regarding any medications or other medical concerns Review plans & rules with chaperones and students Give driver a map, parking info, and schedule Have everyone use the restroom whether they need to or not Have students board the bus (check them off the roster and have them put on nametags) Arrive at park and provide bathroom & water fountain breaks Review what to do if anyone gets lost Provide students with activity sheet, and have the chaperones locate the students in their group Conduct the activities at the park, adjusting the pace as necessary Gather students activity sheets and load bus (do headcount) for the trip to McDonalds After lunch, have students use the restroom again Load students on bus, (do headcount) and drive back to school Notify administration that the class has returned 15. Have a group discussion about the trip

Roster of students on field trip

Directions: Call the name of each student on this list and place a check mark in the proper column to indicate that student has been accounted for and is on the bus. (20 students total)
Student Name Beach, Stephanie Benson, DeeDee Bucheit, Judy Burton, Wanda Campbell, Steve Chuckery, Jesse Cole, Anthony Crofton, Susan Dawson, Sarah Hensley, Dewey Houchen, Elizabeth Manson, Mindy Messer, Danielle Moore, Jacob Parker, John Roach, Dennis Satterfield, Amber Shelton, Rick Smith, Billie Wahl, Michael On Bus leaving school at 8:10 AM On Bus leaving park at 11:45 AM On Bus leaving McDon. at 12:45 PM

Field Trip Rules & Activities

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. All school rules apply to the trip Stay seated while on bus Talk in low tones Electronic devices (GameBoys, mp3 players, etc) are allowed, but students will be responsible for them at all times. Stay with your group at all times and do not wander off on your own. Obey all reasonable requests of adults (teachers, chaperones, drivers, park staff) Be Safe!!! No climbing on rocks or guardrails. No running on trails or sidewalks. No throwing rocks. Be careful on trails or when climbing stairs. With your chaperones help, look for various rocks that you have been studying using the Types of Rocks list. Place a checkmark beside any that you find. Also look for the rocks listed on the Rock scavenger hunt list. Use your Geological processes & Rock cycle sheets to assist you while looking for signs of the various geological processes that have shaped the park. (Erosion, Weathering, Plate Tectonics, Volcanism)

Time 7:30 AM 8:00 AM 8:10 AM 8:20 AM 9:05 AM 9:10 AM 9:20 AM 11:30 AM 11:45 AM 12:00 PM 12:30 PM 12:45 PM 1:50 PM

Itinerary Meet with driver & chaperones Students Bathroom break Students loaded in bus Students Breakfast Snacks Arrive at Park Students Bathroom & Drink break Chaperones gather student groups Meet for Student bathroom break Students loaded in bus for lunch Arrive at McDonald's Student bathroom break Students loaded in bus Arrive at school

Types of Rocks Geology Worksheet


melted rock above ground melted rock below ground rock formed from magma or lava when it cools rock formed when sediments are pressed or cemented together rock formed from existing rock when the temperature or pressure changes conglomerate gneiss granite gypsum limestone obsidian pumice sandstone schist scoria shale

Directions: Choose the correct answer to describe the type of rock from this list and place the answer (A,B, or C) on the line. A. Sedimentary B. Metamorphic C. Igneous

_____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____

Clifty Falls State Park Scavenger Hunt

Find rocks that match the descriptions below:

Just put a checkmark beside each rock type that you find, and leave the rock where you found them.

DO NOT Keep the rocks!

_____ 1. A WHITE ROCK _____ 2. A GRAY ROCK _____ 3. A YELLOW OR ORANGE ROCK _____ 4. A PINK ROCK _____ 5. A ROUND ROCK _____ 6. A FLAT ROCK _____ 7. A SMOOTH ROCK _____ 8. A ROCK WITH CRYSTALS _____ 9. A ROCK WITH A HOLE IN IT _____ 10. A FOSSIL _____ 11. AN UNUSUAL ROCK

Types of Rocks
Conglomerate rocks are sedimentary rocks. They are made up of large sediments like sand and pebbles. The sediment is so large that pressure alone cannot hold the rock together; it is also cemented together with dissolved minerals.

Gneiss rocks are metamorphic. These rocks may have been granite, which is an igneous rock, but heat and pressure changed it. You can see how the mineral grains in the rock were flattened through tremendous heat and pressure and are arranged in alternating patterns.

Granite rocks are igneous rocks which were formed by slowly cooling pockets of magma that were trapped beneath the earth's surface. Granite is used for long lasting monuments and for trim and decoration on buildings.

Gypsum rocks are sedimentary rocks made up of sulfate mineral and formed as the result of evaporating sea water in massive prehistoric basins. It is very soft and is used to make Plaster of Paris, casts, molds, and wallboards.

Limestone rocks are sedimentary rocks that are made from the mineral calcite which came from the beds of evaporated seas and lakes and from sea animal shells. This rock is used in concrete and is an excellent building stone for humid regions.

Obsidian rocks are igneous rocks that form when lava cools quickly above ground. Obsidian is actually glass and not a mixture of minerals. The edges of this rock are very sharp.

Types of Rocks
Sandstone rocks are sedimentary rocks made from small grains of the minerals quartz and feldspar. They often form in layers as seen in this picture. They are often used as building stones.

Schist rocks are metamorphic. These rocks can be formed from basalt, an igneous rock; shale, a sedimentary rock; or slate, a metamorphic rock. Through tremendous heat and pressure, these rocks were transformed into this new kind of rock.

Scoria rocks are igneous rocks which were formed when lava cooled quickly above ground. You can see where little pockets of air had been. Scoria is actually a kind of glass and not a mixture of minerals.

Shale rock is a type of sedimentary rock formed from clay that is compacted together by pressure. They are used to make bricks and other material that is fired in a kiln.

Pumice rocks are igneous rocks which were formed when lava cooled quickly above ground. You can see where little pockets of air had been. This rock is so light, that many pumice rocks will actually float in water. Pumice is actually a kind of glass and not a mixture of minerals. Because this rock is so light, it is used quite often as a decorative landscape stone. Ground to a powder, it is used as an abrasive in polish compounds and in Lava soap.

Resources: Rock Hounds Website: