California Geology Kit
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Explore the physical properties of rocks, minerals, and sand through hands-on observation and investigation. Discover the difference between igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks, learn about the rock cycle, and trace the mineral resources used to manufacture objects that you use every day. While appropriate for grades 2 - 5, this kit emphasizes science content standards for grade 4.

Materials

  • curriculum binder
  • 3 rocks (metamorphic, igneous, sedimentary)
  • 3 station stands (metamorphic, igneous, sedimentary)
  • 5 "Mineral" cards
  • 24 cards with theme song lyrics
  • rock cycle role play diagram
  • Mineral Match guide
  • 5 sets of 8 minerals
  • 5 sets of 8 common objects (containing minerals)
  • 5 sets of aluminum nails
  • 5 sets of paper clips
  • 10 streak plates (5 black, 5 white)
  • 10 hand lenses
  • CD with Google Earth file
  • Sandyland map and 6 sand samples
  • 6 parachutes
  • Sandyland clue cards
  • Sieves
  • 6 Trays
  • 6 Magnifiers
  • 6 Magnet pens
  • Books and Booklets: "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rocks of the World" by John Farndon, "Eyewitness: Rocks and Minerals" by Dr. R.F. Symes and the staff of the Natural History Museum, London, "Kaleidoscope: Minerals" by Roy A. Gallant, "Kaleidoscope: Rocks" by Roy A Gallant
  • Videos and DVDs: "In the Ground: Geology, Tectonics, & Rocks" (Squibs by Ignite! Learning),
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Activities

Geology Kit Activity

Rock Cycle Role Play: Sing along and act out the rock cycle to really understand how rocks change form.

Mineral Match: What mineral is in toothpaste? What mineral is in chalk? Learn to identify minerals and then match them with everyday products.

Google Earth Geology Field Trip: Make California geology come to life by going on a virtual field trip from the coast to the Sierras.

Sandyland: Determine the characteristics of sand to discover where it came from.

Cookie Mining: Minerals are nonrenewable resources. Learn about the process of mineral extraction and some of the environmental consequences.

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Next Generation Science Standards

We are in the process of adjusting the kits to better connect with the philosophy behind the NGSS. Connections will be posted here in the near future!

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How Do I Borrow One?

The kit lending fee is $25 for three weeks. If you've already received training on this kit, simply call (877) 227-3311 to make a kit reservation.

If you are new to the Classroom Kit program, fill out this brief form to let us know your interest! 

We anticipate running additional Kit Trainings in November and December 2018, with registrations opening up in August. We can also try to schedule a training at a time that works for a team of teachers at your school.