|Rocks & Minerals
Variety of Rocks
(we purchased a kit)
Printable Rocks Sheet
Nail & Streak Tile
Ruler & String
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|Expand your geology unit by learning more about rocks and
minerals with fun crafty activities.
Pick a rock! I set out all the
different rocks the kids to pick and
choose from! You can number the
rocks so that children can easily see
the name of the rock and write in on
their experiment sheet.
Experiment sheet. I printed up a
bunch of these and left them next to
some colored parts of the sheet, and
can trace or draw a picture of their
rock with the colored pencils. other
|I set up our Pan Balance Scale and
layed see how much their rocks
weighed in grams.
Just for some extra fun I pulled our
Diet Scale (Walmart) and let them
also weigh their rocks in ounces.
This wasn't very accurate but it was
The next station was a learning
station, where the kids could look up
more information about their rocks.
This was filled with different library
books with photos so they could find
the names of their rocks as well. (I
didn't label a few of the "pretty" rocks
Our final station had a magnifying
glass, a nail, and a streak plate.
Children used the nail to see if they
could scratch the rock, and the
streak plate to see if they could
write with the rock. I also laid out a
ruler and some string for them to
take measurements. Then they
recorded all their information on
their sheet, turned them in and
started the process again on a
different rock! Lots of fun and lots
|Children love to learn about rocks and
minerals because they get so much
"hands on" learning about a topic they
can easily extend with life experience.
Here you'll find some suggestions for
helping children explore the differences
between different and similarities
between various rocks and minerals.