Explore Rocks and Minerals! 20 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments

Explore Rocks and Minerals! 20 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments

Explore Rocks and Minerals! offers kids ages 6–9 a fascinating introduction to geology. It investigates the geological forces that create and transform rocks, outlining the life cycle of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks, and what they can tell us about the earth. It also explores fossils, and how they come to exist and are discovered.

Explore Rocks and Minerals! includes 20 hands-on activities to bring learning to life. Kids create their own crystals, sculpt edible models of the planet, and bake volcanic meringue cookies. These easy-to- follow activities require minimal adult supervision and use common household products. By combining an interactive component with jokes, fun facts, and cartoons, Explore Rocks and Minerals! provides a fun, accessible introduction to geology.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $12.95
  • eBook, $9.95

Grade Level 3–4

Ages 7–10

GRL Q

Subjects

  • Earth/Space Science
  • Environmental Science

Author
   

Illustrator
Bryan Stone 

Specs

  • 8 x 10
  • black and white interior
  • 96 pages

Includes

  • Table of Contents
  • Glossary
  • Resources
  • Index

ISBN 13

  • Softcover, 9781934670613

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Explore Rocks and Minerals! offers kids ages 6–9 a fascinating introduction to geology. It investigates the geological forces that create and transform rocks, outlining the life cycle of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks, and what they can tell us about the earth. It also explores fossils, and how they come to exist and are discovered.

Explore Rocks and Minerals! includes 20 hands-on activities to bring learning to life. Kids create their own crystals, sculpt edible models of the planet, and bake volcanic meringue cookies. These easy-to- follow activities require minimal adult supervision and use common household products. By combining an interactive component with jokes, fun facts, and cartoons, Explore Rocks and Minerals! provides a fun, accessible introduction to geology.


Reviews

Children’s Literature Review
“ . . . this green book that tells all you wanted to know and more about various forms of rocks and minerals. Embedded into the book are projects, experiments and activities that could easily be conducted at home for a small expense in collecting the materials and in some cases the results are yummy snacks . . . Earth science teachers would find a lot of use for this handbook in a classroom setting. The text is engaging and the print is easy on the eyes.”

Old Schoolhouse Magazine
Explore Rocks and Minerals! would be a great springboard for a unit study or a supplement to studying geology, Earth science, or rocks and minerals. It has 20 activities and experiments–including the wonderfully yummy Earth models that my children thoroughly enjoyed making. This book is written in a very readable, informative way—complete with comparisons that children in elementary school will understand. This book is full of interesting facts, sidebars of vocabulary words, and clear explanations. Even my pre-K child has enjoyed listening to facts about the Earth and participating in the activities. This book has such a thorough offering of simple activities that children will enjoy and wonderful comparisons and explanations that I am excited to use and have this book in my homeschool. I highly recommend it.”

Booklist
“This offering from the Explore Your World series introduces budding geologists to basic information about rocks and minerals. The authors examine the earth; minerals and crystals; igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks; and fossils. For each topic, they present a brief discussion, define technical terms, offer sidebars with intriguing details (and jokes), and provide several projects that demonstrate key concepts introduced in the text. Activities include creating salt-crystal models, Epsom salt stalactites, and an edible model of the earth and its layers. Stone’s black-and-white illustrations—especially the cartoon mole sporting a miner’s hat who guides readers through the text—help to clarify technical matters and elucidate steps in the projects. The suggested activities are well chosen, carefully explained, and require easily accessible household items. Appended with the usual back matter, this is makes a good choice for classroom science units.”

Stories for Children Magazine
“With 20 experiments, games and projects to choose from . . . not only kids, but also families can have a wonderful time each weekend learning something new . . . Each chapter/section covers a different topic and had a clear explanation of underlying concepts making learning fun and engaging for the whole family. Any child would have a great time reading, leaning and doing the activities in this book.”

Marc L. Wilson, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
“I recommend this fun and educational introduction to the science of Geology.”

R.A. (Bud) Wobus, Williams College
“This is a terrific introduction to an exciting science, one that appeals to kids at an early age! I will certainly enjoy Explore Rocks and Minerals with my grandson (third-generation geologist?) when he is a little older.”

Matt Nyman, PhD, The University of New Mexico
“A great book with accurate, factual information about geology coupled with easy-to-do and instructive exercises. A worthwhile addition for families and teachers alike!”


Look Inside

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Projects

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Make Your Own Igneous Rocks

When a volcano erupts, the rocks that form can have minerals that are big enough to see, or so small they can’t be seen. Sometimes a mineral doesn’t form at all and the rock is a glass. Try some of your own “lava” to see why each of these types of rocks form.

CAUTION: This project involves very hot liquids, so get an adult to help.

Click here to download a print-friendly PDF


Author-Illustrator

Cynthia Light Brown

Cynthia Light Brown is a founding partner and vice president of Clover Leaf Environmental Solutions with 21 years of experience as an environmental consultant specializing in pollution prevention, toxicology, and risk assessment. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Nick Brown

Nick Brown is a physics major at Yale University. He spent summer of 2014 at CERN in Switzerland, working with a team using artificial neural networks to better identify subatomic particles.


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For More Information
bryan-stone.com

Bryan Stone

Bryan Stone is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator who lives in West Fairlee, Vermont with his wife and daughter. Bryan is an alum of The Center for Cartoon Studies. He has illustrated nearly 20 books for Nomad Press and done illustration work for clients such as Dartmouth College, Docomo USA, and many more. His comics work has appeared in numerous anthologies and newspapers.



More Details

Grade Level: 3–4
Ages: 7–10
GRL: Q
Subjects: Earth/Space Science, Environmental Science,
Specs: 8 x 10 , black and white interior , 96 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

Children’s Literature Review
“ . . . this green book that tells all you wanted to know and more about various forms of rocks and minerals. Embedded into the book are projects, experiments and activities that could easily be conducted at home for a small expense in collecting the materials and in some cases the results are yummy snacks . . . Earth science teachers would find a lot of use for this handbook in a classroom setting. The text is engaging and the print is easy on the eyes.”

Old Schoolhouse Magazine
Explore Rocks and Minerals! would be a great springboard for a unit study or a supplement to studying geology, Earth science, or rocks and minerals. It has 20 activities and experiments–including the wonderfully yummy Earth models that my children thoroughly enjoyed making. This book is written in a very readable, informative way—complete with comparisons that children in elementary school will understand. This book is full of interesting facts, sidebars of vocabulary words, and clear explanations. Even my pre-K child has enjoyed listening to facts about the Earth and participating in the activities. This book has such a thorough offering of simple activities that children will enjoy and wonderful comparisons and explanations that I am excited to use and have this book in my homeschool. I highly recommend it.”

Booklist
“This offering from the Explore Your World series introduces budding geologists to basic information about rocks and minerals. The authors examine the earth; minerals and crystals; igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks; and fossils. For each topic, they present a brief discussion, define technical terms, offer sidebars with intriguing details (and jokes), and provide several projects that demonstrate key concepts introduced in the text. Activities include creating salt-crystal models, Epsom salt stalactites, and an edible model of the earth and its layers. Stone’s black-and-white illustrations—especially the cartoon mole sporting a miner’s hat who guides readers through the text—help to clarify technical matters and elucidate steps in the projects. The suggested activities are well chosen, carefully explained, and require easily accessible household items. Appended with the usual back matter, this is makes a good choice for classroom science units.”

Stories for Children Magazine
“With 20 experiments, games and projects to choose from . . . not only kids, but also families can have a wonderful time each weekend learning something new . . . Each chapter/section covers a different topic and had a clear explanation of underlying concepts making learning fun and engaging for the whole family. Any child would have a great time reading, leaning and doing the activities in this book.”

Marc L. Wilson, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
“I recommend this fun and educational introduction to the science of Geology.”

R.A. (Bud) Wobus, Williams College
“This is a terrific introduction to an exciting science, one that appeals to kids at an early age! I will certainly enjoy Explore Rocks and Minerals with my grandson (third-generation geologist?) when he is a little older.”

Matt Nyman, PhD, The University of New Mexico
“A great book with accurate, factual information about geology coupled with easy-to-do and instructive exercises. A worthwhile addition for families and teachers alike!”


Projects

project image

Make Your Own Igneous Rocks

When a volcano erupts, the rocks that form can have minerals that are big enough to see, or so small they can’t be seen. Sometimes a mineral doesn’t form at all and the rock is a glass. Try some of your own “lava” to see why each of these types of rocks form.

CAUTION: This project involves very hot liquids, so get an adult to help.


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

Cynthia Light Brown

Cynthia Light Brown is a founding partner and vice president of Clover Leaf Environmental Solutions with 21 years of experience as an environmental consultant specializing in pollution prevention, toxicology, and risk assessment. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Nick Brown

Nick Brown is a physics major at Yale University. He spent summer of 2014 at CERN in Switzerland, working with a team using artificial neural networks to better identify subatomic particles.

author image
For More Information
bryan-stone.com

Bryan Stone

Bryan Stone is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator who lives in West Fairlee, Vermont with his wife and daughter. Bryan is an alum of The Center for Cartoon Studies. He has illustrated nearly 20 books for Nomad Press and done illustration work for clients such as Dartmouth College, Docomo USA, and many more. His comics work has appeared in numerous anthologies and newspapers.