Monday, May 16, 2011
The Rock Cycle
There is fun in store for students at this school today.
Cinda is telling the students the story of the rock cyle and how Rocky moves through it from Igneous to Sedimentary to Metamorphic.
The students walked down the hall to another room where Mike Manning, a retired science teacher, had a wonderful display of rocks set up on tables. He brings his collection to various groups in the area. For more information you can contact him at 937-552-4705.
He said this was the youngest group he has worked with. He had no trouble keeping their attention. The students were fascinated by the stories he told about the rocks.
Here he holds a magnetic rock that a paper clip will cling to.
Mike is holding bauxite and an aluminum can that is made from this rock.
After Mike talked about each rock on the table, he invited the students to come up and touch them. The students were impressed by how different one rock felt from another. They noted the wide variety of colors.
Here are two of Mike's geode specimens.
But there was an even greater treat in store. Back in the classroom each group of two students was given a bag of dirt to dump into a seine. The dirt filtered out into the water and wonderful rocks were left behind.
Mike sat up a cabinet with rock samples labeled. The students took the rocks they found and compared them to the ones in the cabinet. Mike helped them find the matches. And best of all the students were allowed to keep the rocks they had found.
The last activity of the day was making the hats the students will wear when they perform with the Banana Slug String Band..
John was wearing the Metamorphic hat when he helped hold up the flannelboard while Cinda told the story of Rocky on the Rock Cycle. Some of the students made hats like John's. Others made Igneous hats or Sedementary hats.