Summer Theme Weeks – Rocks

Rock Week

If your kids are anything like mine, they love to collect and play with rocks.  Why not turn their fascination with rocks into a fun learning experience?

I recommend getting an inexpensive rock kit for the kids to observe through the week.  Amazon sells some pretty good kits for a decent price: Click Here

  • Day 1:rock-candy-04
  • Begin making Rock Candy – this takes a week, so it’s best to start on Monday.
  • Watch “Way Cool Science – Rockfinders” (found this video at the library)
  • Talk about where rocks and minerials are located and how they are used.
  • Then visit the different areas to collect rocks. Creek beds, river banks, beach, parking lots, etc.
  • Using a Field Guide, Poster or Rock Kit, identify and journal the different kinds of rocks that were found.

 

  • Day 2: Igneous rockssemi50Geodes1 (Small)
  • Watch video
  • Read “Volcanic Rocks by Connor Dayton
  • Break open Geodes
  • Journal what was found inside the rocks.
  • Listening activity: Place all Geodes on table.  Describe a specific Geode and have kids take turns trying to figure out which one is being described.  Kids can then take turns too.

 

 

 

 

  • Day 5: Field trip to Crystal Cave 
  • If you don’t have a place like Crystal Cave in your area, you could go for a hike to view different rocks at the top of a mountain.

crystal cave

Don’t forget to take your journals, cameras and rock snacks on your fields trips.  Have a rock’n time!

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More great “Rock Books” I discovered:

  • “If You Find a Rock” by Peggy Christian
  • “Rocks” by Sally M. Walker

 

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3 thoughts on “Summer Theme Weeks – Rocks

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  2. Marie May 9, 2013 at 10:47 pm Reply

    How about rock climbing! They have classes for kids at various Philadelphia Rock Gym branches.

    • Mama Nice May 10, 2013 at 6:27 am Reply

      love that idea but i don’t think my kids are big enough yet. last time i checked you had to be 50 lbs. that would be so much fun though!

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