Geology Rocks!: 50 Hands-On Activities to Explore the Earth

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Children's Literature
"Geology? It's everywhere!" Here are fifty handson activities kids can use to explore the earth and the substances of which it is made. Simulate a mining experience with a chocolate chip cookie. Read nutrition labels for the mineral content of foods. Be a sand sculptor. Some activities need active adult help; most are meant to be carried out jointly, children and adult working together. Most activities use readily available household materials. This is likely to be a useful elementary science teacher or museum/nature educator's resource book. Vocabulary links, information sidebars, resources and index are included. The author has experience designing sciencebased programs and teacher workshops for nature organizations. 1999, Williamson Publishing, Ages 7 to 14, $10.95. Reviewer: Uma Krishnaswami
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Gr 4-6-Geology's basics are explored in a lively fashion and are accompanied by a combination of familiar and not-so-familiar experiments and activities. Each chapter introduces a concept such as "the first rock group-Igneous `Iggy,' Sedimentary `Sed,' and Metamorphic `Morph'!" Ways to find and places to observe these types of rock are suggested. Activities such as creating a sand sculpture or playing "Rock Tic-Tac-Toe" are included. Sidebars give additional information about geologists, language links ("blow your top" or "petrified"), famous formations, scientific controversies, and how to think like a scientist. The text is witty but conveys much factual material. The experiments can be done easily with household items and include safety precautions. Whether making the standard chemical volcano, catching falling stars, or creating a mini glacier, readers will find much of interest here. The book is illustrated with red-and-purple tinted cartoons and photographs. The experiments are similar to those found in Alan Anderson's Geology Crafts for Kids (Lark, 1996), but Blobaum's offering is presented in a much more informal format.-Kathryn Kosiorek, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885593290
  • Publisher: Ideals Publications
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Series: Kaleidoscope Kids Books
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 335,006
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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