Materials and activities included in each kit.
Sheets with basic information on each mineral, including chemical composition, properties, and where it is found.
After an explanation and discussion of what minerals are and a brief history of birthstones, students use the minerals from the Rockin’ Roller kit to fill out a birthstone activity board. Several follow-up discussion points are included to allow students further opportunities to explore mineral concepts.
Sheets with basic information on each sample, including where it is found, how it is formed and its uses.
After an introduction into the concept of the rock cycle and rock classification, students are asked to organize the various rock samples into their rock type (igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary) according to provided classification criteria. For a more difficult activity for older students, they can be asked to use the provided dichotomous key to further identify which rock (granite, pumice, etc.) a particular sample is.
Sheets with basic information on each sample, including what the fossil is of, what information can be learned about prehistoric life, and how fossils form.
Laminated Geologic Time Scale
After an introduction into how fossils are formed and what they can tell us about past environments on Earth, students are able to create their own geologic time chart using rope and the provided time scale. Once the chart is created, students place selected fossils from the kit at the appropriate points on the scale. This activity provides an understanding of fossils and geologic time.