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Elementary Explorers: Rocks, Fossils, and Crystals

Class
Amalia Fernand, M.S. Nature/Earth Science
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(1,093)
This three day course on rocks and minerals is perfect for young geologists! Day one introduces each step of the rock cycle, day two overviews fossil type and formation, and day three focuses on testing common minerals.

Class experience

US Grade Kindergarten - 2
Students will learn how each step of the rock cycle works, how fossils are formed, and how to test minerals. 
I am offering this class because I am experienced at teaching about rocks and minerals through sharing my own collection. I have a life-long passion for geology, ever since I was growing up in the Rocky Mountains and won my third grade science fair project with a rock cycle experiment!
All activities are optional and details about each daily activity are posted in the classroom. 
PLEASE CHECK THE CLASSROOM POSTS FOR MORE DETAILS ON EACH PROJECT. 

If your learner has rocks that they would like to share, we will have time to share at the beginning of each class. They are welcome to bring rocks, crystals, fossils, or gems to class. For the last class, they will need at least one rock to test. Any small rock found outside of your home will work! 

A magnifying glass and rock books would be beneficial to bring to class if you have them, but are not required. 

Optional Pre-class Project: Rock Collection Box

Materials: 
~printed rock box labels attached to classroom post
~recycled materials such as a shoe box or egg carton, and cereal or cracker boxes
~glue
~scissors
Optional: decorate with collages from magazines, stickers, markers, or paint

In-Class Project for Day 1: Volcano Science Experiment
PLEASE BUILD YOUR VOLCANO BEFORE CLASS TO BE READY TO ERUPT TOGETHER AT THE END OF CLASS.

Materials: 
~Empty plastic water bottle or something similar
~3 tablespoons baking soda
~A few drops of dish soap
~A few drops of red food coloring or red paint
~1/2 cup white vinegar
~Construction paper
~Scissors
~Stapler
~Tray, baking dish, or dish tub to set the volcano in. 
Optional: 
~small pitcher
~funnel
~safety goggles
~dinosaurs
~red and orange yarn, streamers, foam, puffballs, etc 

In-Class Project for Day 2: Play-doh Fossils

Materials: 
~Play-doh, air dry clay, sculpt it, model magic, or make your own sand or salt dough (recipes below)
~Small plastic dinosaurs or animals, seashells or leaves
~Optional addition: Plaster of Paris or white glue

In-Class Activity for Day 3: Mineral Testing Kit

Materials: 
~At least one rock or mineral to test. Please bring a variety if you can. 
~ A penny (or any coin)
~ A nail (alternative: paper clip)
~ A piece of tile (alternative: the bottom of a terra cotta flower pot, a brick, a piece of concrete, the backside of a tile coaster).
~ A magnet (the stronger the better)
~ A pipette (alternative: syringe, eye dropper, or small teaspoon). 
~A small amount of white vinegar
~A towel or plate to put under the rock during the vinegar test






In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
  • Google Slides
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(1,093)
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As an international environmental educator, I have spent the last 25 years teaching kids around the world about nature. Through art projects, science experiments, games, and live animal interactions, I will guide learners to explore and discuss a... 
Group Class

$42

for 3 classes
3x per week, 1 week
45 min

Completed by 2912 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 5-8
4-10 learners per class

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