A 36-Week Schedule for Your Year-Long Geology Study
Target Age Group: Grades 3rd to 6th
Type of Resource: Non-Consumable
This Science Guide for “Rock Around the Earth”
“Rock Around the Earth” is a interesting earth science program designed for middle grade students. The resources this guide coordinates allow students to spend a year discovering the Earth and the study of geology. They’ll look into topics like the Ice Age, glaciers and their movement, what the earth is made of how rocks form, the different types of rocks, fossils and fossil fuels, and minerals found in the earth.
They’ll also learn how Earth’s geology is constantly in action, forming new rocks, moving continental plates, and shaking the Earth in earthquakes. They’ll see for themselves how volcanoes reshape the earth and create new rock forms, while heat from the earth’s core creates geysers and hot springs. Students will observe erosion at work in water, weathering, and the land itself.
Then they’ll see how they can continue to investigate geology and develop a lifetime of interest in the Earth. They can dig into soil, make a point of visiting awesome landforms like the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon or stunning Monument Valley, descend into caves, or even collect rocks and minerals.
Easy-to-complete activities are scheduled that will let your students try things and experiment for themselves. They can try to create a flood in a jar, make a mini-glacier, put together a sedimentary lunch, or see how magnetic a food they often eat really is! The activities require only simple household supplies to complete. Students will love the experiences they have, and will especially like the book, “The Case of the Missing Mountain,” solving eight mysteries centered around Mount St. Helens. Plus, they’ll enjoy a lot of nature journaling, just as Charlotte Mason advocated.
Using This Science Study
You’ll love this guide, which also features student workpages and teacher materials from the teacher book that normally accompanies the book, “Our Planet Earth,” pages which we were granted permission by the publisher to print. This saves you the cost of purchasing this additional book, and allows you to print as many as you need for your students. These materials include student worksheets originals, answers for discussion questions presented in each lesson, quizzes and tests originals, and an answer key. The guide is incredibly easy to follow, and includes information on the supplies needed for each experiment or activity.
Our science programs are designed to complement the comprehensive nature of our themed programs. This one can be completed in 2.5 to 5 hours per week. Many parents choose to do science on their “fifth” day that WinterPromise does not schedule themed program assignments.
This guide is non-consumable. The only consumables are the workpages in the guide. You may print as many of these as you need for your students.