Sunday, January 8, 2012

Rock Unit

I rotate science units monthly and this is the start to our rock, fossils, and volcano unit 
which will take a couple months to go through. 
If you have seen my other science units you know I am a huge collector of all things natural.

A tray of crystals with a page from some workbook to sort them by size.
I try to add a paper work to most things because my kids love to do a paper element to take home.

Petrified wood to handle.

Naming different rocks.

I collected the geodes with the red dots and rubber bands to hold them shut in a stream in Iowa - a fossil meca.  When I taught Montessori in Iowa City, fossils were at every stream and mixed in the gravel in neighborhood driveways. I could actually walk down the street and collect fossils in people's drive. 

I will post my fossil unit later on. Watch for it.


Unknown said...

Great activities! I truly am always amazed at your works everytime I visit!! Thank you for sharing.

PJ Day said...

My girls and I were just enjoying looking our some of our rocks under black lights. Did you know that some rocks glow and that crystals show up some really cool colors?

Veronica @

Deb Chitwood said...

You have the best science units, Carolyn ... absolutely awesome! I'm always amazed. I want to explore your units myself! And I love that you have a hands-on element to your worksheets. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page:

Unknown said...

Thank you, fellow Montessorians!
30+ years of collecting pays off.

Lisa Nolan said...

Great post! Thanks for sharing! I think my son likes rocks, now, as he picks them up and takes them home and puts them next to his bed (recently)! Dried leaves and pods, too! Anyway, I retweeted your post on my Twitter!

Ticia said...

You have a great collection of rocks for them to look at and hold. I'm jealous.

Thanks for linking to Science Sunday!

Katie @ Gift of Curiosity said...

I love this! I wonder if I could re-create this at home with my two kiddoes without spending a fortune on rocks. Your collection is quite impressive!

Unknown said...

Sounds strange but I pick up rocks at estate sales and garage sales. I never spend much money on any thing I post here.

Deb Chitwood said...

I always love re-visiting your posts, Carolyn! I featured your post and photo in my Montessori-inspired rocks and minerals unit this week: :)

Unknown said...

Thank you, Deb! So much great curriculum out there I am happy I can be of help to you!

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