Free Rocks and Minerals Packet (25 pages)

Each week, I’ve been trying to share some of the packets I’ve made for the kids in the past couple of years.  Here are some pages I made for our Rocks and Minerals Unit that you might find of use.

Rocks and Minerals Post:

We wrapped our chemistry unit and spent a few weeks on vertebrates and invertebrates.  It was time to tackle a new unit on rocks and minerals. I’m using a science textbook as a spine for my preschooler; the next unit in her books was on rocks, minerals and natural resources. I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted for ED, so I created a new unit on rocks and minerals myself. This time around I especially wanted to cover how rocks and minerals are used.

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We’ve studied earth science before (see the pictures in the right side bar where we showed how mountains are formed and showed plate movement). I wanted to come at this unit from a different angle so we’d all learn something new.

This unit goes over some basic vocabulary, but since ED doesn’t read yet, I limited what she had to write to tracing. (I made a second set that has fill-in-the-blanks for the other two, starting on p. 14. They’ll quickly go through these sheets as well and will add them to their science notebooks.)

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This packet covers how rocks have been used (for walls, buildings, roads, etc.) and some famous rock landmarks (Uluru, Arches, the Rock of Gibraltar, among others). It covers some basic facts about rocks and explores how we use minerals in our environment. It also goes into mining and recycling as these are two topics we haven’t covered in earth science. Finally, the packet covers the months and birthstones. I also made some Montessori-type cards for ED. I’ll share those in a few days.

Rocks and Minerals Unit

This is 26 pages. Pages 1-13 are for younger kids (preK or K); pages 14-26 are better suited to older kids.

Rocks-and-Minerals-Unit-PacketWe started the unit off reading a few easy-reader type books about rocks for ED. Some books that might work for your preschooler (these are affiliate links):

Update: This series by Ellen Lawrence is available at our local library now and are definitely worth a mention (these are affiliate links):

Then we filled out the first few pages of the packet. Below the kids are filling out the page on what rocks are used for (roads, walls, statues, buildings, etc.):

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Meanwhile, DD and LD are also reading through the new Geology student textbook from Real Science 4 Kids. (affiliate link). It was just published in December.

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We read the first chapter about what geologists do and then we spent time outside doing our own geological exploration! (Any excuse to spend time outdoors, right?!)

Rock-CollectingThe kids came in with a bagful of rocks. They dried them off and spent quite a bit of time just observing their samples. We’ll use their rocks in another few days after we talk in more depth about the different types of rocks. Above DD was showing me how the rock she collected flaked into small bits.

We continued on with a discussion of the three types of rocks and some (yummy) activities, but I’ll save those activities and that download for another day.

Rocks and the Rock Cycle: We studied rocks and the rock cycle again with my youngest (and reviewing with my older two!).  We have some new (free) Rock Cycle worksheets which include some of the new hands-on activities we did this time around:

Free Rock Cycle Worksheets Hands-On Activities 3 Types of Rocks

You may also be interested in the free 3-part Montessori cards I made of Famous Rocks Around the World. I shared those in another post:

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For this unit, we used two books in particular for our hands-on activities:

We really loved Explore Rocks and Minerals!: 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments (affiliate link)

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Geology Rocks!: 50 Hands-On Activities to Explore the Earth (affiliate link) was really great for the age of my kids. It had a lot of really fun ideas.  We got it first from the library, but then I wound up purchasing it to have on hand!

Geology-RocksWe got a number of other books as guidebooks, but the one I highly recommend is Smithsonian Handbooks: Rocks & Minerals (affiliate link)  because of all the beautiful photos.

Rocks-and-MineralsAnd one last recommendation if you have younger kids (preschool age), my kids really liked Let’s Go Rock Collecting (Let’S-Read-And-Find-Out Science. Stage 2) (affiliate link)

Here are a few other books we used (when ED was in 3rd grade) (affiliate links):

Books about rocks for kids - types of rocks sedimentary igneous metamorphic

 

Baking and Crushing is recommended for grades 1-3. That goes right along with our “baked metamorphic rock activities here with crayons and here with cake and core sampling!

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We also got a rock kit with different samples of sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks. We got the small version (with 15 rocks): American Educational Introductory Rock Collection (affiliate link).

Rocks-KitThe large kit with 75 rocks and minerals looked really great: Introductory Earth Science Classroom Rocks and Minerals Collection (affiliate link). For a rocks and minerals unit for older kids, I would probably got with this because it has at least 25 minerals, 6 or 7 ores, and samples of the sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks.

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Disclosure: Please note that some of the links in this post are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. 

I shared some of our hands-on activities in these related posts:

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If you are interested in catching up on some of our other activities, you might want to check out the Homeschool Den Facebook Page. I post a quick synopsis of each post so it’s an easy way to browse through things you may have missed. I share a lot of the materials I make for the kids — everything from science and history sheets and packets to some generic grammar worksheets.  They’re all free.

If you found any of this useful, I’d love to hear from you over at my Homeschool Den Facebook Page! 🙂 ~Liesl

Disclosure:  Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase.


You might also be interested in our 150+ page Earth Science Packet: We did a ton of hands-on activities as we studied

  • the solar system
  • layers of the Earth, Earth’s axis
  • compass directions, compass rose, how to use a compass
  • Earth’s geologic timeline
  • equator, latitude, longitude  — Using a globe to determine latitude and longitude
  • Pangaea and continental drift
  • understanding convection currents
  • tectonic plates
  • 4 types of mountains
  • 3 types of faults
  • earthquakes and faults
  • volcanoes – volcanic terms, types of volcanoes
  • earthquakes and building construction, earthquake shake table

To purchase the Earth Science Packet, visit our Store!

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You might also want to check out our Layers of the Atmosphere Packet 

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The Earth Science Packet can bundled with our Layers of the Atmosphere Packet

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Biology Unit: Biomes, Food Web, Biological Interactions:  This year we are talking about the Biosphere in quite some depth. We will be covering habitats, ecosystems, biomes, the climate zones, food chains, food webs, energy pyramid and more! Then after that we are doing a big Ocean Unit (tides, currents, ocean zones, ocean habitats and more).

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You might also be interested in some of our other packets:

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Simple Machines Packet

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Ocean Unit

After our Biology/Biosphere Unit, we went on to study the hydrosphere — ie. the ocean. Find out more about our ocean unit here:

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You might also be interested in these general science posts:

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4 Responses

  1. tash says:

    Thank you. I don’t homeschool but my 6yo has been asking about rocks. I hope he finds this fun. (he does like to cut/paste and needs some work on letters).

    • homeschooldenadmin says:

      I’m glad you can use it!! We also have a ton of hands-on activities the kids found really fun when we did this unit. Be sure to check those out! 🙂 ~Liesl

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