You ain’t nothing but a rock hound!

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Rocks are fun to collect.

We used our magnifying glasses and explored up close rocks as big as boulders and as small as sand.

We learned about some of the tools you use, such as a prospector’s rock pick,  scraping tools and paint brushes.

We sorted my rock collection by river rock or non- river rocks, striped and non striped, spotted, speckled, and solid and played with rocks in water to see their “true colors”.

We shared two stories.  In the morning we read If You Find a Rock by Peggy Christian

if you find a rock

It is a story about all the different types of rocks you can collect from chalk rocks, skipping stones, worry rocks,  to wishing rocks.

In the afternoon we read   A Special Gift for Grammy by Jean Craighead George:

a special gift for grammy

This is a cute story about a little boy that leaves a pile of rocks for his grandmother on her porch.  She is not sure what to do with a pile of rocks, but  soon finds out how useful they are as the days pass.

 

At the end of the program our little explorers did a little rock mining and went through the rock cave.  It was a tunnel made from 3 big refrigerator boxes covered in crumpled paper to look like a mountain.  After they found their own special  rock in the mountain tunnel, they turned them into a rock pet.   The biology lesson from this class was that frogs sit very still, like rocks, to hide from their predators.  So to end class we made ribbit rock pets to reinforce this idea.

 

ribbit rock

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About Joy O' Nature

I am a naturalist on the education staff here at Oatland Island Wildlife Center. I earned a B.S. in Terrestrial Ecology with a minor in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont. I recently received my MPH in Environmental Health from the University of Arizona. I have been a classroom science and environmental educator; instructing all ages from preschool to college, for most of my educated life.

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