Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.
~Edwin Powell Hubble
We are in FULL swing with our inquiry into Rocks and Minerals! We began this adventure by drawing and labeling what we thought the inside of the earth looked like. After this, we each brought in THREE rocks. Not just ANY kind of rocks … they had to be FOUND rocks. Not polished. Not purchased from a store. Nothing more than rocks that have “caught our eyes” … picked up as we’ve walked to school, played in the play park, discovered in our yards or on the river bank!
Last week, while waiting for our SmartBoard to be replaced, we shared a space with the Grade Sixes! During our morning, hanging out in their extra learning space, we spent time observing our rocks with our eyes. Together, we created a list of words to describe our rocks. We ADDED to this amazing list after looking at our rocks even CLOSER with MAGNIFYING glasses!
That morning, we spent a GLORIOUS time SKETCHING our rocks, observing them and labeling them like SCIENTISTS do!
What follows are some of our thoughts as we BEGIN our investigation of rocks:
“I wonder if two volcanoes made an island and they touched and then another volcano erupted in the middles, what would happen? I wonder if every island was made by a volcano. I wonder why volcanoes shoot lava. I wonder why volcanoes erupt. I wonder if mountains have lava.” ~Daniel B
“I never knew that rocks came from volcanoes. Rocks are in the school walls.” ~Carson
“I learned that new islands can start under water. I wonder why they do? When the molten lava hits the air it hardens and makes new land! Isn’t that cool? Did you know that the lava is SO hot that it melts the earth’s crust? When the lava touches the water it makes a sizzling sound because the lava is SO hot. I wonder how crystals get formed? I never knew that our school is made out of rocks as well as our homes! Bill Nye showed us how the earth’s plates move using cookies!” ~Elise
“I did not know that there was under water volcanoes. There was rocks like minerals. Volcanoes can explode melted rocks. I bet that there are volcanoes in the ocean. Under water volcanoes can make islands. Who knew that a volcano can do that?” ~Kagan
“Not all volcanoes are above water. Underwater volcanoes create islands. Magma is melted rock. Lava sizzles when it touches water. What is the biggest and most powerful volcano on Earth? What is the tallest underwater volcano?” ~Tanek
“I didn’t know jewels and crystals were so much way underground! I was thinking. If I go underground and find two aquamarines, one garnet and one opal or a tourmaline, then I would make a necklace, because me and my mom have the same birthday. We each got aquamarines! My sister has a mineral. She has a greenish dusty coloured mineral. And even more, she has real diamonds, crystals and more! She DID NOT find those in caves or something. She found it on or kind of underground. I can’t believe she found those!” ~Cathy
“We just finished watching a Bill Nye show and I wonder how long it takes a rock to form. I think it takes a 100 years to make a volcanic rock. I discovered that some fossils are really fragile. I found out in school that it takes thousands of years for all that pressure to push a fossil to get in a rock. I found out that when lava hits cold water it makes a sizzling sound.” ~Matt
“There are scientists that are called geologists. They study on rocks and minerals. These are the rocks that scientists study most: sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic. It’s amazing how rocks have a cycle called the rock cycle. Rocks have been here for one million years or more! It’s really cool how rocks have patterns on their bodies. It’s amazing how scientists identify rocks. For example, they can identify volcanic rock by looking at the tiny holey bubbles made from a hot liquid called molten lava. It’s super cool how metamorphic rock can change in a circle as the wind storms, floods or sand storms push down to turn it into a new rock.” Riddhima
“I wonder how mud balls press so hard on a fish or something else, (to become a fossil). Lava is a hot liquid that may spray out on land or water. If a volcano is in the water it can create new islands. When the lava hits the water it cools down, but it doesn’t turn to rock really really fast. But, I still wonder if the land reaches to the sea floor dis it kill the sea animals. Will there be new life? Land volcanoes have lava rising to the top. The hot pressure can push the lid off the top.” ~Ethan
“I never knew that sandstone was easily broken because it was made 100% out of sand and pressure. It’s amazing that a volcano makes diamonds because most of the time diamond is crystal clear. Bill Nye told us that if you ever see a rock with little holes all over you found a volcanic rock and that all the little holes were made from bubbles. I wonder how exactly soil is made?” ~Aimee
“Sometimes plates shift or move, creating volcanoes. Oops, we watched a magic school bus video. In the video they went in a volcano and they came out again. It was fun learning about the earth. I never knew that there were three types of rocks: igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary, and that ROCKS! I wonder if rocks can change colour?” ~Cooper
“I never knew that soil had rocks in it. Did you? When a volcano explodes, new land and rock comes in. Everywhere you look a rock is there. The school is made out of rock. Even windows. That is SO cool! This is my wonder. Where do rocks come from? Rocks come from the mountains, the beaches, they are everywhere. Did you know that rocks come from the mountains, beaches and the road? I did!” ~Alexia
“There are a lot of types of rocks, like in volcanoes, and they are everywhere. They are made from sand. Can you believe it? Rocks are cool to look at too. Isn’t that cool? Rocks are everywhere. There are some in the water or in the mountains too.” ~Aboudi
“Wow. I did not know that our school is made of rock. Oh! We just finished watching Bill Nye Rocks and Soil. It was so awesome. I will tell you about it! Bill told us that the little holes in the rock were bubbling in a volcano! Some rocks look like one rock but that rock was just off a BIG rock and another weird thing is that a boy in the show showed us how to make crystals. I wonder if soil is made out of rock? Or, is rock made out of soil? Wonder, wonder. What do I wonder? How do crystals get made?” Mary
“Sometimes the volcano gets plugged with a big rock and the magma comes out the side. Sometimes volcanoes make new islands because it starts as an under water volcano. The magma pushes it up and it explodes. When the magma is up in the air it turns into a rock. Then, grass grows on it. I love inside the earth. We are studying inside the earth too. I wonder how some rocks are see-through. Well, I think the rocks and sand smoosh together. I wonder how crystals are made and form? I wonder … can rock help the earth?” Evan
“Wow! What a great Bill Nye video. I sure learned a lot. The thing that I found interesting was that whatever you’re standing on is all rocks. Even the school walls, floor and roof. I also learned that if you find a rock with holes in it then it might be a rock from a volcano. I wonder how many million years it takes for a rock to form?” ~Jamie
I didn’t know that there were bigger rocks when you go deeper and deeper! Also, I didn’t know that the rocks push each other and make a smooth rock. Also, I didn’t expect when there is a volcano, there is a rock that has many holes. I wonder if a new rock will be made. I wonder if there are new plants? Also, I wonder if a volcano explodes, if something other than rocks or an island can be made?” ~Ella
“Today when we watched Bill Nye I discovered that sand and soil are part rock. I also discovered that schools and glasses are made of rock! That totally rocks!!! Get it?!? I also wonder a few things. I never knew that the mantle is SOLID!” ~Daniel S
“Wow! I never knew rocks could be made by water, mud and rock. Rocks can be all shapes and sizes. Rocks can be different colours too! I wonder how long it takes for a rock to be made, (not lava).” ~Carissa
“When a volcano explodes, it makes a new land because the magma pushes the volcano up. Every time it explodes it goes higher. I didn’t know that sandstone is breakable. Lava makes rock because lava is melted rock. When the lava dries it turns to rock.” ~Alvin
“I didn’t know that volcanoes can be under in the water. When a volcano erupts it makes a new land. It takes a long time to erupt. I can’t believe how many volcanoes there are. I didn’t know that lava is rock … it is MELTED rock. Did you know that you are SITTING on ROCK?” ~Madison
“I did not know that there could be underwater earthquakes. Volcanic ash, pumice, rock all come out … making NEW rock! Did you know that there is underwater mountains? Did you know that there is something called black smokers? Did you know every volcano has a magma chamber? I didn’t know about the two science cookies. They represent different plates of the earth. How many rocks are on earth? Did you know that especially pine trees like rocky grounds? Do volcanoes ever stop working? Is sandstone the only rock to break down?” ~Ryan
“I wonder what makes a volcano a volcano and how long it takes for the volcano to form. I didn’t know that there were underwater volcanoes. I also didn’t know that there were underwater earthquakes.” ~Sarah
“I never knew that rocks make soil. I discovered that rocks were in sand. Did you know rocks were like billions and billions and billions of years old? The whole world is pretty much made of rock. Rocks use to be made of liquid lava. After it dries up it turns into hard rock. I wonder why volcanoes shoot out lava and then something else. How do volcanoes make lava? How does lava turn into rock? How do volcanoes get into water?” ~Simos
“Did you know that there are different kinds of rocks? There is metamorphic, igneous, and sedimentary. Did you know that rocks can change … but it would take millions of years. Guess what! If you find a bunch of little dots in rocks it could be coral? If you mix a soft rock with lava, the lava will just melt through!” ~Mila
“I never knew that some rocks changed after a long time. Did you know that igneous means hot, (fire)? did you know that the earth changes all the time? I did not know that there is steam in the ocean. I wonder how minerals are formed?” ~Omar
Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
We HOPE you enjoy the SLIDESHOW of our learning adventure:
I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.
- What do YOU wonder about rocks?