This 8 weeks our main unit study has been on Geology. We touched on this a tiny bit when we done our Solar System study a few months back. Here is a peek into some things we have done. We wraped this up last week.
We have been using:
Along with various books from the library about rocks and minerals, earthquakes and volcano's. This book has been wonderful. Its has all the activities laid out for you. Hands on experiments and lots of ideas!
Here is a little about the book:
Hands-on activities involving rocks, soil, fossils, earthquakes, and volcanoes that connect science with real life, choose Geology. This book, designed with good science and easy teaching in mind, covers these concepts:
the Earth has layers
the Earth's crust is made of rock and soil.
soil is made when rocks break down and mix with decaying plants
rocks have different properties
rocks are formed in different ways
the surface of the Earth is always changing
the resources we use come from the Earth
some rocks contain fossils that tell about life on Earth long ago
Activities helps practice skills in:
observation, analysis, communication, making comparisons, prediction, critical thinking, and recording. Areas of study address major themes such as: change, structure, function, diversity, and cause and effect.
Samples of the hands-on learning experiences:
conduct experiments to learn about the properties of rocks
cook up igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks
examine soil to find out what it's composed of
erupt a volcano in the classroom
Contains many reproducible, ready-to-go resources, such as record sheets, logbook forms, mini books, and picture cards. Illustrated throughout with fun, yet accurate line art. All 80 pages perforated for easy removal.
We will be trying the other books in this series. I just bought the Plants book because of the time of year. I think that is going to be included for our next 8 weeks. However this time I am going to finish in 3 weeks. 8 weeks has just been to long on ONE topic. Normally I choose 3 or 4 and I learned my lesson this time. The kids need a change because they have *almost* lost interest in this!
Here are some pics from our study! Enjoy.
Our Volcano. They have really enjoyed learning about this! We may even do just a mini study and lapbook on this next 8 weeks. The book talked about the middle of the volcano and talked about why and how it erupts. Then spoke of what happened after the lava cools. We bought a rock kit from rockhounds when we started this study and the kids loved getting the Aztec Lava rock!!
This lesson was about erosion and how the earth changes by different methods(wind, ice, etc). This was a lesson we gathered sand, dirt, rocks, leaves, grass, sticks and a couple flowers. Piled it all up and then poured a large bucket of water over the pile...
This is the pile after the water. The sticks, grass, flowers, dirt, sand all moved. It washed! This was a way to explain over time how the earth will change depending on what happens.