When I give these created rocks* to teachers in a workshop they think they're real and don't want to destroy them by scratching them or smashing them to bits.
My students love drawing, measuring, scratching, and then smashing their rocks to find what's in each rock.
It's a great way to review many of the tests we use while studying rocks without destroying your collection of rocks. Students feel like scientists!
A lesson overview video
makes it easy to get started with a quick introduction to the tasks included with the lesson.
of acid, magnet, and streak tests makes it easy to share additional tests that might be used to identify a mineral or a rock.
Choose from a recording booklet or worksheets saved in both English
This could be a great activity for an after school class or a science club.
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Interested in the resources for teaching about rocks we've included in our store?
Rocks #1 - Sort Rocks
Rocks #2 - Minerals
Rocks #3 - Sedimentary, Igneous, and Metamorphic Rocks
The Rock Cycle
Memory Game - Minerals
Memory Game - Metamorphic Rocks and their Parents
Memory Game - Sedimentary Rocks
*Rocks contain flour, sand, table salt, gravel, shells, water, and maybe food coloring depending on the color of your sand.