What better way to get introduced to the exciting world of gemstones than to use the gemstones you've found and identified to make a ring you get to keep? Kids learn gemstone classification as they search for and identify their gems.
Ages 8 and up.
Unit Goals and Concepts:
- Understand the difference between rocks and minerals.
- Discover the elements of mineral identification and classification.
- Listen to stories about minerals like quartz and amethyst.
- Rings and stones for each participant.
- A gemstone collection card.
- Special glue for attaching the gem to the ring.
- Our exclusive instructor's activity guide that details the project and offers loads of other rock and mineral ideas to inspire young geologists. Loads of instructor activity ideas are included as well.
General: National Science Education Standard NS.K-4.2, NS.K-4.4 and NS.5-8.4 Physical Science and Earth and Space Science.
Content Standard B: Properties of Objects and Materials (K-4)
Objects have many observable properties, including size, weight, shape, color, temperature, and the ability to react with other substances.
Content Standard D: Properties of Earth Materials (K-4)
Earth materials are solid rocks and soils, water, and the gases of the atmosphere. The varied materials have different physical and chemical properties, which make them useful in different ways.
Structures of the Earth System (5-8)
Some changes in the solid earth can be described as the “rock cycle”. Old rocks at the earth’s surface weather, forming sediments that are buried, then compacted, heated, and often recrystallized into new rock. Eventually, those new rocks may be brought to the surface by the forces that drive plate motions, and the rock cycle continues.
Specific (California standards):
(2.3a) Students know how to compare the physical properties of different kinds of rocks and know that rock is composed of different combinations of minerals.
(4.4a) Students know how to differentiate among igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks by referring to their properties and methods of formation (the rock cycle).
(4.4b) Students know how to identify common rock-forming minerals and ore minerals by using a table of diagnostic properties.