Everything Rocks and Minerals

My class has had a great time learning about rocks and minerals. This can be a pretty boring unit…but with a little creativity it became fun!

After reading about rocks and minerals in our textbook my students looked at a powerpoint I created and took notes on a handout I gave them. Here's a few slides from the powerpoint...

Later, we grew crystals of our own using salt. 

Then…we got our hands on some rocks and minerals! 

I'm lucky enough to have a huge collection of rocks and minerals at my school, but if you don't….lots of kids have them at home and you could ask them to bring their collections to school. I set up the following stations: hardness, streak, and luster. They were given everything they needed to investigate the rocks and fill out packet as they moved around the stations. 

We also performed the acid test on many of our minerals. The acid test shows if there is carbon in the mineral and the kids got so excited when they saw the bubbles! 

Calcite was the only mineral that worked for us!

I also let my students bring in their rocks and mineral collections for a show and tell! They loved that too! 

The last thing we did before a final assessment that we will have next week is write a poem. 

My students wrote rocks and minerals "I Am" poems. Each student chose a rock or mineral and wrote their poem without giving away the name. You can lift each picture up to reveal the type of rock or mineral. Here's the template they followed:
I am…
I see…
I smell…..
I hear…..
I feel….
I know….
I want….
I think….
I wonder….

I let the kids look at every rock and mineral book I had to do a little research to help them write their poems. Once they were finished they shared them with the class, tried to guess each others, and then I hung them up on the bulletin board for the school to see!

The crystals after a week! They are growing!

You can find the powerpoint, notes, test, and many of these activities that I do with my students in my Everything Rocks and Minerals unit on TPT. Click Here to take a look at the unit! It also includes this really cool foldable that we created…

FIve for Friday 11/22


My 4th graders had so much fun making this awesome art project today! We have spent the entire month talking about Kindness…..and today we read this poem from The Bubbly Blonde's TPT store (freebie) and then we worked together to create a reminder to hang on our wall.  I wish I had thought of this, but I got the idea from Farley's at Oh' Boy 4th Grade's blog post! Go check it out. 


My students have been learning about rocks and minerals for the past few weeks. Yesterday, we wrote  "I Am" poems from a rock or minerals perspective! My students typed them and then printed a picture to cover up the last line of the poem, I am ….. They shared them with each other and tried to guess the rock or mineral! Here they are on my bulletin board. 


We also spent this week investigating rocks and minerals. My students LOVED it! We used nails, our fingernails, glass, and white tiles to identify their properties. I set the room up in stages and let the students become little scientist. We are also growing salt crystals and crystals from a kit!

If you are interested in my Everything Rocks and Minerals unit on TPT click here!


I found this on interest here and then I made it Sunday while lesson planning…….and then I ate it ALL WEEK. It's the best…you should try it!


I couldn't come up with a 5th picture…so this is all I have. What I'm doing now!! This is what my Friday typically looks like. Come home from school….open a bottle of wine. This Friday I'm waiting on my parents to get into town. We are celebrating Thanksgiving early and I can't wait to see them.

Happy Weekend! 

Five for Friday 11/15


My husband and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary this week! Here are a few flashback photos that I enjoyed looking at...


We saved the top tier of our wedding cake and ate it on our anniversary! Here's the before….

And here's my husband eating it a year later….and the dog too! His face when he went for the cake was priceless! I'm talking about my dog…not my husband ;)

Every year I love to teach my students about biographies. I always have them choose a famous person, write a biography, dress up like the person, and prepare a short speech. This week , I put it all together in an awesome product that I now have on TPT. 

CLICK HERE! to see that awesome unit!

I have been teaching my students all about rocks and minerals for the past couple of weeks. Today we started growing crystals! The students used water, salt, jars, string, and straws to grow their own. As a class, we used a kit
 to grow an "Amethyst Geode." I'll post again in a few weeks to let you know how successful we were!

We also made these really cool lap books during our rocks and minerals unit. If you're interested in these, you can find it in my rocks and minerals unit on TPT!


And last but not least…to say I am proud of my husband is an understatement! He traveled from our home in NC up to Philadelphia (where he's from)  to speak at his alma mater this week, The University of Pennsylvania. My husband is so stinkin' smart that he got a masters degree in criminology and law at Penn. He went back to speak about research he had done while he was there, as well as what he does now in the field of criminology as an officer in the Army. He won an award for criminology in practice and became a distinguished alumni!!  

Have a wonderful weekend!!