This week during our Rocks and Minerals unit students learned through many hands on activities. We started off the week with a KWL chart. Students had many"W's" they wanted to learn, and by the end of the week, we have covered everyone's question.
One day, students enjoyed comparing rocks by different properties. Rocks are always fascinating to my students each year, and this year was no different.
I also shared my pics of when I went mining in North Carolina when I was in college. They loved seeing me in old "work" clothes with my pick, bucket, etc.
Our last day, we had the best time making our own rocks. I got so excited with it myself...I didn't get any pictures. :( Why do I do that???
Anyway this is what we did. I brought in chips of "rocks" in three different colors.
dark brown colored "rocks"
and yellowish brown colored "rocks.
Yeah...they were chocolate, white chocolate, and butterscotch chips.
With putting the chips in ziploc bags, and dipping them in a bowl of hot water, we saw how the rocks melt. Then by putting them in cold water, the rocks hardened. When placing a layer of soft rocks of each "flavor" on top of each other, sedimentary rocks could be formed. We saw how the rocks can crumble into smaller pieces. They LOVED this! Plus they got to EAT their rocks.
So, now go over and take a peek into other teacher's planbooks for the week!