The Rock Detectives Camp Guide is a hands-on curriculum for summer camps, schools and home school. You will love teaching rock and mineral identification with this guide. It is perfect for summer camps and can adapt for classroom setting and home school teaching. Kids will learn to identify minerals, sedimentary rocks, metamorphic rocks and igneous rocks with lessons, experiments, activities and games. The last day features a study of the rock cycle and how Earth's processes turn rocks from one form to another.
Each day of the camp has a different theme.
Day 1 = Minerals
Day 2 = Igneous Rocks
Day 3 = Sedimentary Rocks
Day 4 = Metamorphic Rocks
Day 5 = The Rock Cycle
On the first day, the kids receive and decorate a rock box to hold their collection that they assemble during the camp. Each day begins with a puzzle related to the day’s theme then a short lesson about minerals, rocks or the rock cycle. Each day of the camp, the kids receive two mineral or rock samples to identify and keep for their own collection that coincide with the day’s theme. On Rock Cycle day, the campers receive “mystery” samples that may be either minerals or rocks.
Each day, the kids will perform experiments related to mineral and rock formation including growing salt crystals, making and exploding a volcano, making edible metamorphic rocks, panning for crystals and more. During the camp, kids will participate in a Rock Bingo tournament and play Rock Jeopardy.