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Part of the Explore Earth Science this book focuses on rocks and minerals and includes twenty-five science experiments to try. Geared for elementary aged readers Rocks and Minerals! is written clearly with several explanations comparing to something familiar. . . . My son and I made stalactites with Epson salts using directions from one of the projects it worked wonderfully. He was so delighted he shared with his teacher and she wants photos! Strong recommendation for any type of library and would work well for homeschooling families. (4.5 stars) Read the complete review online.
Praise for previous edition of Rocks and Minerals! By Cynthia Light Brown
“. . . 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.”
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
“. . . 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.”
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Detailed Book Description
Everyone knows what a rock is, but do you know what a rock is made of? And how it was made? And what it’s good for?
Rocks and Minerals! With 25 Science Projects for Kids invites kids ages 7 to 10 on a tour of the fascinating world of the geological forces that create and transform rocks, including the life cycle of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks and what they can tell us about the earth. Rocks and Minerals! also explores fossils, and how they come to exist and are discovered. Entertaining cartoon illustrations and photographs, along with fascinating sidebars, essential questions, links to online resources, and more illuminate the topic and bring it to life.
Rocks and Minerals! With 25 Science Projects for Kids is part of a set of four Explore Earth Science books that explore the earth, the atmosphere, and everything in between. The other titles in this series are Weather and Climate! With 25 Science Projects for Kids, Natural Disasters! With 25 Science Projects for Kids, and The Water Cycle! With 25 Science Projects for Kids.
Try these hands-on science projects!
- Make yummy sed-sandwiches
- Construct your own stalactites
- Grow needle-like mineral crystals
- Model a salt crystal
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction: Rocks are Everywhere
Chapter 1: The Earth
Make your own Earth
Chapter 2: Minerals and Crystals
Grow needle-like mineral crystals
Model a salt crystal
What makes a diamond blue?
Chapter 3: Igneous Rocks
Make your own basalt columns
Make meringue “pumice” cookies
Make igneous rocks
Chapter 4: Sedimentary Rocks
Make your own stalactites
Make sedimentary rock
Make your own evapoprite
Chapter 5: Metamorphic Rocks
Play Ig, Sed, Meta
Bake Magic Metamorphic Bars
Chapter 6: Fossils
Make a fossil
Take a walk through time
Chapter 7: Become a Rockhound
Make your own rock display