We’ve been studying rocks here. The first week we focused on the layers of the earth and the rock cycle, all the while looking for rocks to collect.
Every day I assign my kids websites to go to about whatever we are studying. All the links in this post are found on the Links to All Things Free for Homeschoolers blog.
The last day their link for science pointed them to this post by Jimmie and they were assigned to make their own diagram of the rock cycle. On the post there is a download where you can cut out pre-made arrows and such, but we had construction paper on hand so the kids made their own based on her designs.
I didn’t try and get the five year old to understand the rock cycle. But he learned several ways how rocks are made. He made three pictures to show them. He made this one about lava. He made one about heat and pressure. And he made one about weathering and erosion. I didn’t make him learn the term “weathering and erosion,” but he really understands how water cuts down and shapes rocks.
Our second we learned more about the rocks themselves. Here is the website where we got a lot of our information.
From this website I printed out several charts including Moh’s hardness scale to use in our rock investigation.
Then we filled out My Rock forms about the rocks we collected. There are three levels of forms. My youngest used the first level where you only have to say if it is heavy and light, describe it’s color and measure it (as well as draw a picture). My older kids did the middle level. The highest level is similar to the chart I pictured above, but blank of course for the student to fill out.
I had them try and figure out each rock and write in their picture space the type and kind of rock. We did some research at this site to help us identify rocks.
At the Links blog you can find a lapbook based on the Magic School Bus Rocky Road book as well as one on amber. There are also links about the layers of the earth, earthquakes, etc…
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