What better way to liven up your rocks and minerals unit than with a Pet Rock Project with a twist? In this project, students choose a pet rock to enter into your classroom competition. "Contestants" are judged in three categories: Grooming (which in addition to decorating their rock requires students to make scientific observations about them and investigate their rock's magnetism, ability to float, and reaction to vinegar), Pedigree (in which students research their rock's background), and Talent (in which students demonstrate pure creativity in deciding on their contestant's secret talent). There is also a journal component to this assignment, which makes a great language arts connection. Kids love this one!