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Exploring Rocks, Minerals and Gems: A Flex Class

In this four week class students will explore the world of rocks and minerals learning facts about basic rock formation and ways to identify select minerals, gems and rocks.
Barbara (Ms Bobbi) Wells
303 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 3 learners
year old learners
US Grade Level
learners per class


per week
Charged weekly
Flexible schedule
Over 4 weeks
No live meetings

Available times

Table of available sections


Class Experience

1. How to identify igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks by their unique characteristics
2. Become familiar with rock identification tests and tools: MOHS Scale of Hardness, field guides, streak tests, location maps and other tools. 
3. Examine and observe select gemstones for specific identifying characteristics 
4. Collect, and construct a rock and mineral identification kit for personal use in identifying rocks, minerals and gems. 
I have been collecting and researching crystals and gemstones for many years. I have an extensive collection of crystals and minerals as well as a deep fascination with learning how crystals have been used throughout history. As an elementary and Early childhood teacher I have had opportunity to introduce many children to the beauty and science of rocks and minerals.  My son seeks and polishes stones in his basement workshop, so I am very familiar with the process of finding and bringing stones to their polished beauty.  I love crystals and gemstones, both for their beauty and their versatility. I have been a collector since I was a child, stumbling upon a dirt road littered with quartz crystals in rural Georgia. 
As a flex class, all work in the class may be viewed as homework. 
Links to relevant YouTube videos, and a materials list for compiling the kit will be provided. A good field guide is needed. Suggestions for good field guides will be provided in the first week of class.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Students will be given a letter grade based on completion of class assignments, class participation with other students, and completion of the final project. A rubric will be used to determine student grades in order to help keep the process objective. The rubric will be published during the first week of class so students are aware of all class expectations. 
No live meetings, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
The Mineral Identification Kit includes the requirement to acquire a pocket or pen knife. Students are cautioned to handle the knife  carefully. 
One or more Rock and Mineral Field guide. Several titles will be recommended. 
YouTube videos will be used to supplement written materials and teacher made videos. Links to the videos will be provided in order to honor the owners copyright or trademark privileges. 


Barbara (Ms Bobbi) Wells
Lives in the United States
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303 total reviews
458 completed classes

About Me

Hello, welcome to my classes. I am a passionate teacher with more than forty years experience teaching  preschoolers to adults. I have taught in  home-school preschools, private preschools and public preschools. I have trained teachers as an... 
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