Rocks & Minerals
*Curricular Grade Level and Topic
- Grade 3 - Unit A Rocks & Minerals
- Grade 7 - Unit E Planet Earth
- Science 20 - Unit C The Changing Earth
Classroom Speaker or Field Trip
Don`t forget to ask us to locate a classroom speaker such as a rock collector or help you arrange a field trip. Just include this additional request in the note section of the online reservation form when you are booking your kit.
Rocks & Minerals Learning Kit *Contents
*Contents of kits may vary.
- Rocks & Minerals Binder (black)
- The Science of Change: Geological Survey of Canada (thin book)
- Let’s Do Science, Grade 3 Rocks & Minerals (blue duo tang)
Rock Samples(plastic box):
- Magnetite / calcite
- Halite / feldspar
- Graphite / milky quartz (missing one graphite)
- Galena / muscovite
- Sedimentary, Igneous & Metamorphic Samples (13 missing conglomerate key is on lid)
- Bag of rocks with 4 die (use with A Rock in Born game)
- Epsom Salts (plastic container)
The Rock Box Series:
- #1 Metamorphic Collection
- #2 Sedimentary Collection
- #3 Minerals Collection
- #4 Igneous Collection
Colour & Streak Test Kit:
- Mineral samples (9 - see lid)
- Streak plate
Hardness Test Kit (medium zip lock):
- Files (2 hard steel with 5.7 hardness)
- Nails (5 soft steel with 5 hardness)
- Copper nails (5 with 3 hardness)
- Streak plates (5 with 7 hardness)
- Magnifying glass
- Corundum emery cloth (sand paper with hardness 9)
Mineral Test Kit (small zip lock):
- Black streak plate (7 hardness)
- Button Magnet
- Glass plate (5.2 hardness)
- Penny (3 hardness)
- Magnifying glass (small plastic)
- Nail (5 hardness)
- White streak plate (7 hardness)
Geology Activity Wrap-Up Game:
- 50 pieces (yellow & red pieces in original container)
- A Rock is Born (game)
- Alberta Topography (poster)
- Gemstones (poster)
- Meteorites (poster)
- Principal Mineral Areas of Canada (map)
- Rocks (poster)
- Rocks & Minerals (poster)
- Sedimentary (poster)
Rocks & Minerals *Links
- http://www4.nau.edu/aspen/earth/Earth%20Activities.pdf Foss Earth Materials Activity 19 pages of lesson plans for rock thematic activities from “Pet Rocks” to “Rock Stars”
- http://fi.edu/tfi/units/rocks/rocks.html An excellent site sponsored by The Franklin Institute on line. Written on a child's level, it offers wonderful pictures of rocks and minerals and how to identify them.
- http://edtech.Kennesaw.edu/web/rocks.html A site that has links to close to a hundred other sites on every conceivable topic on rocks, minerals, and fossils.
- http://cte.jhu.edu/techacademy/fellows/brannon/webquest/Kmbindex.html#resources A web site that has a web quest task on being a rocks and minerals detective. Suitable for elementary age children. Excellent for use as a follow-up and assessment.
- http://ivyhall.district96.k12.il.us/4th/kkhp/RocksandMinerals/rocks.html This site has excellent pictures and explanations of the three types of rocks.
- http://stemnet.nf.ca/CITE/rock.htm An elementary site that explains the rock cycle, three kinds of rocks, and properties of rocks and minerals.
- http://tqjunior.thinkquest.org/3639/?tqskip1=1&tqtime=0620 A wonderful ThinkQuest site on rocks and minerals. It has information of birthstones as well.
- http://cobweb.net/~bug2/rock1.htm A site sponsored by the Rock Doctor. Excellent information for young children. He will answer any question and give help as well.
- http://casdn.neu.edu/~geology/department/staff/colgan/iceland/rocks.htm This site has wonderful pictures and examples of the three different types of rocks and the minerals that make them up.
- http://rocksforkids.com Excellent site that children can use for research and to start and learn about their own rock collection. Great links to other resources as well.
- http://surfnetkids.com/rocks.htm A site that gives links to other sites that are kid friendly. Barbara Feldman makes rock hunting easy and fun for kids. Includes games on rocks and minerals, too.
- http://fi.edu/fellows/payton/rocks/create/index.html This site, the Rock Hound, contains lesson plans and literature connections. It also has wonderful animated graphics for students to use.
- http://teachnet-lab.org/ps101/bglasgold/rocks/overview.htm Rocks and Minerals Unit by teacher Bonnie Glasgold.
- http://www.juliantrubin.com/fairprojects/earthsciences/rock_mineral.html Science Fair ideas for experiments and activities.
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