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mrteacherguy 09-02-2021 07:54 AM

Rocks and Minerals Unit without materials
I will be teaching a rocks and minerals unit in a couple of weeks, however, I don't have any actual rocks and minerals kits to work with.

There will be at least a little bit of interactivity through our interactive notebooks, but neither I nor my school have the funds to purchase kits or materials.

Any input or suggestions on how to give hands-on learning for this without having to go out and buy stuff?

Lottalove 09-02-2021 01:01 PM

If I were you,
introduce the unit on a Thursday or Friday, make the "Homework" that weekend as collecting 5-10 different rocks as different as can be from each other in their locale and bring them in to be observed.

Then you will have a variety of rocks to choose from and, hopefully, you will get a wide variety of types of rocks. In addition to homework, one year, I had a "field day" where we just walked around outside on the grounds and driveways near the school building to get some. Even concrete chunks make for interesting conversations about mixtures.

By now, I have quite a collection in a milk crate--mostly "found" rocks but also some donated by others and few from my own DD's gift shop purchases from older field trips to outdoorsy places.

Beach Glass 09-02-2021 07:11 PM

Rocks and Minerals
When I had to teach rocks and minerals in 5th grade, I went to the Earth Science teacher at the high school.

He was more than willing to loan me a few sample boxes. Said that kids knowing just the basics of the rock cycle made his job loads easier down the line.

sbslab 09-05-2021 09:48 AM

Maybe go to a place that makes counters and ask for “scraps” of marble, quartz, etc.? You could compare the colors of the different types of the same rock.

aggie'swife 09-12-2021 09:58 AM

Go to your local college geology department. Surely they have rocks that they can give you or at least loan out.

Also get your school to let you go to the NSTA convention or if your state has a local one.

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