Discover the big ideas behind rocks, minerals, fossils, gems, and the science of geology. Students burn coal, fluoresce minerals, chemically react rocks, streak powders, scratch glass, and play with atomic bonds as they learn how to be a real field geologist. Includes student worksheets, 33 instructional videos, 28 lessons, 105 page PDF workbook with teacher guide, tests and quiz... all in one complete package for grades 1-6.
This curriculum course has been prepared to be completed over several weeks, completing 1-2 lessons per week. You will find that there are 28 lessons outlined to take you from an introduction of geology on through several advanced projects which are complex enough to win a prize at the science fair. If you complete this course and send your kids off, you’ll find their high school teachers entirely blown away by their mastery of the subject.
With each lesson, you’ll find:
• What to Learn
• Experiments & Worksheets
In addition to the lessons, we have also prepared the following items you’ll find useful:
• Scientific Method Guide
• Master Materials and Equipment List
• Lab Safety Sheet
• Written Quiz (with Answer Key)
• Lab Practical Test
Here are the scientific concepts covered:
• Minerals are the building blocks of rocks.
• Rocks are usually composed of two or more minerals (once in awhile, rocks can be made from just one, but usually it’s two or more).
• Minerals are naturally occurring nonliving solids made from a single kind of material.
• Minerals have a regular internal arrangement of atoms and molecules (called crystals).
• Each mineral has its own unique combination of different chemical elements.
• When atoms and molecules combine to make a mineral, they form a type of crystal.
• Each mineral has a unique set of properties and can be identified using a series of standardized tests.
By the end of the labs in this unit, students will be able to:
• Identify and describe the physical properties of minerals.
• Differentiate igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks by their properties.
• Identify common minerals (including quartz, calcite, feldspar, mica, and hornblende) and ore minerals using a table of diagnostic properties.
• Practice common identification techniques that field scientists use on minerals.
• Identify and differentiate different classifications of rocks, including common sub-designations for certain types of rock.
• Measure and estimate the weight, length and volume of objects.
• Conduct multiple trials to test a prediction and draw conclusions about the relationships between predictions and results.
• Follow a set of written instructions for a scientific investigation.
Includes a full money-back guarantee during the first 30 days so you can really try it out to see if it works for you and your students.