Imagine a hike to the Cave of the Crystals or another kind of cave. Think about the details your five senses would give you. On a separate sheet of paper, make a word web. Fill in each oval with sensory details for that sense.
Use your web to write a description of your hike. A description can include an idiom, a phrase whose meaning is different from the meanings of its words. Think about the idiom “takes your breath away” in the first paragraph of “Cave of the Crystals.” Discuss with a partner what that phrase means.
Play 20 questions. Ask children to think of a natural place that they read about this week, such as the crystal cave or one of the natural wonders. Ask yes or no questions about the natural place. Try to guess the natural place your child is thinking of in fewer than 20 questions. Then switch roles.