April, who is 11, put the rock grid study in her nature notebook. Unfortunately she didn't give herself a 2 page spread. But she laid all of her collection out to do some of the grid suggestions.
Stack some rocks
Pick a rock shaped like an oval
Preschool rock study time!
My little guys went nuts when I brought out our jar of rocks that Daddy tumbled and made all smooth a while ago. Yes, we have in the garage somewhere a rock tumbler. We might have to get it out again. Anyway, I poured them out on the table, and we did all kinds of things. This little guy went nuts if you tried to touch his pile of rocks. He loved them!
Little Alex, who is 2, is brushing them off with a brush. They are pretty nice looking all spread out there. We have some pretty fancy rocks.
Aric, who is 4, had a blast with the rocks too. He doesn't really have a collection yet either. We will probably start one for him. I can't remember why he was showing me these rocks in his hands, but I know there was a reason...
He lined up his rocks...
Then, he tried stacking them.
We read this great book Rocks, Rocks, Rocks by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace that was recommended in the Handbook of Nature Study newsletter. I was happy to see our library had a copy. He enjoyed it from cover to cover, and he loved tracing the path with his fingers that they walked through the rock nature park.
He even realized one of his rocks matched one of the rocks that was talked about in the book.
The books we read. I also pulled out Everybody Needs a Rock by Byrd Baylor. We did a little unit about rocks using this book a few years back. It's a fun little book about how you should choose a rock.
This is the other book I mentioned Jump into Science: Rocks & Minerals by Steve Tomecek. It has a lot of information, and is perfect for my 1st grader. He really liked it although we haven't really read all of it, just bits and pieces.
Our rock display
I'm so excited about this. I finally cleared enough space in our school area for a little nature display. I plan to change it out as we do different studies. Right now it's our rock display. It's not pictured here, but I also added 2 other children's books about rocks: Rocks, Rocks, Rocks by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, and Jump into Science: Rocks and Minerals by Steve Tomecek. More on both of those later in the post.
This is Aaron's rock collection. He loves his rocks, and even has little information sheets on some of them that were bought at nature centers. We could really use some organization for our rock collections. I'd also like them to figure out the names of all their rocks. We'll be working on that next week.
We also spotted many cool rock formations and many many things made out of rock at the Portland, Oregon Chinese Garden during our field trip there. You can read more about that here.
Digging for rocks, another fun thing this week. Aaron decided to spend his money he was saving on these kits that you excavate rocks from. He loves these things, and buys them any chance he gets.
Aaron decided he wanted to see if any of his rocks float because he read about the lava rocks being able to float. None of his float, but he had fun trying to find out.
I love nature studies!