Make Your Own Igneous Rocks

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.
Download a Printer-Friendly PDF
Investigate Weather

Investigate Weather

From Climate Change

How is weather different from climate? Weather can be described as day-to-day conditions. From a bright, sunny day to a snowy day, weather can change quickly. Climate, on the other hand, is made up of long-term weather patterns across many years. Let’s explore some of the characteristics of weather.

View
Make Your Own Shake Table

Make Your Own Shake Table

From Natural Disasters

Architects and engineers who design buildings in areas prone to earthquakes try to create structures that will be stable if an earthquake hits. a shake table is used to shake a model and see what happens. It makes the same motion as an earthquake. You can see what it’s like when you build your own shake table and then try to create structures that can withstand the force of moving earth beneath them.

View
What If?

What If?

From The Space Race

The Space race ended with a walk on the moon. What might have happened if the Soviet Union had won the race? What might have happened if the U.S. space program had continued? Do some brainstorming and come up with some ideas!

View
Can You Spot Mercury?

Can You Spot Mercury?

From Planetary Science

Although it's one of the brightest objects in the sky, seeing the closest planet to the sun isn't easy. As seen from Earth, it never strays far from the sun's blinding glare. Many famous astronomers are rumored to have never seen the elusive planet.

View

Reviews

Children's Literature Review
“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
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!”

Detailed Book Description

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.

Available In:
Paperback, $12.95
9781934670613
Includes: Table of Contents | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | black and white interior | 96 pages
Subject: Science
Content Focus: Earth/Space Science

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction
Rocks Are Everywhere

Chapter 1
The Earth

Chapter 2
Minerals and Crystals

Chapter 3
Igneous Rocks

Chapter 4
Sedimentary Rocks

Chapter 5
Metamorphic Rocks

Chapter 6
Fossils

Chapter 7
Become a Rockhound

Glossary
Resources
Index