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Our Rock Museum ROCKED!

Posted by on November 6, 2015

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.

~Dorothy Parker

Mrs. Renton ... PLEASE don't tell us you are going to do your MAKEUP before the Rock Museum! WHAT is all this MAKEUP for???

Mrs. Renton … PLEASE don’t tell us you are going to do your MAKEUP before the Rock Museum! WHAT is all this MAKEUP for???

On Wednesday afternoon we spend a GLORIOUS time together sharing our rocks and minerals collections. We invited our families and ALL the other grade three classes in to share in our excitement. What follows are our reflections:

“Awesome! We just did a rock museum. I set up my rocks very quickly. I only had three rocks. And, three signs. I had a trilobite. A white rock that was in the shape of a popcorn. And, a rock with bubbles that has crystals inside. I also shared a fake geode and a jar with crystals inside. My favourite object I was displaying was either the trilobite or the rock with the crystals inside.” Tanek

“Guess what. We had a Rock Museum. Most of our parents and families came. I had six polished rocks and a few that aren’t. All of the grade three classes came to the Rock Museum. We all got a chance to see everybody’s rocks. My favourite one is Sarah’s. And my other favourite one is Cooper’s. Mrs. Renton had the largest. I did not know makeup has rock in it.  And the rock is called mica. Mica is a type of rock and mineral. It is really cool how makeup has rock in it. And I also did not know that lipstick has rock in it too! We put rock on ourselves!” ~Alexia

We are ALL passionately crazy about rocks!

We are ALL passionately crazy about rocks!

“At the Rock Museum I had seven rocks. And one was painted and it was the one I liked. There was so many people at the Rock Museum. And it was the best day I had in the school. And my mom and my dad came too. And I had so much fun at the Rock Museum.” ~Aboudi

“Have you ever heard of a Rock Museum? A Rock Museum is when you can bring all of your cool rocks to school and then the other grade three classes and our classes mom and dads come in and look at our rocks and ask us questions about our rocks. My favourite part about it was before anyone came in. We could go around our class and look at each other’s rocks and gems before we apparently, according to Mrs. Renton, had to glue our bums to our seats!Next time I am going to write my signs bigger because everyone kept asking me if they could touch my orthoceratoid and in the sign I wrote you can touch. Did you know that makeup has grinded up rock in it? For the Rock Museum I brought in a fossil and my dad’s orthoceratoid. Have you ever done a Rock Museum? I’d love to do the Rock Museum next year!” Aimee

“Guess what? We did something amazing yesterday. It was a Rock Museum. It was so busy when we had to set up our rocks! I invited my mom to come and see what we have to say about our rocks! It was so much fun! If you are wondering what I had on display, don’t stop reading! For me, I had a real geode and some different types of mixed rocks. The names were: quartz, agates, adventurine, amethyst, feldspar, hematite, and jasper. I also had a river rock from Griffith Woods, a sedimentary rock called conglomerate, a smooth rock from our backyard and slate rock from banff. My teacher had some dinosaur poo but it was fossilized and called coprolite! Can you believe it? And, my friend had a fish fossil which looks so cool! And if you don’t know what sand up close looks like then come to my classroom!” ~Riddhima

Can you GUESS what the IMAGE is on the SMARTBOARD?

Can you GUESS what the IMAGE is on the SMARTBOARD?

“Have you ever seen a jewelry store? Because THAT’S what our CLASSROOM looked like! Yesterday we had a Rock Museum and today we are doing reflections on it! The Museum was GREAT. I had a lot of great rocks and fossil samples like pyrite, (also known as fool’s gold), and an ammonite, (also known as a fossil of an under the sea creature). It was very fun! I really liked the idea of the Rock Museum. I wonder who came up with it. My favourite part was all the questions that were asked at the Rock Museum! I hope we have a fossil museum! I LOVED it!!! I took up TWO desks! All the parents came in, including my mom, and all the grade three classes. It was SPECTACULAR!” ~Cooper

“Cooper’s HUMONGOUS quartz. I thought, where did he get that HUMONGOUS quartz?!? And there was a bunch of people at the Rock Museum and around Cooper’s desk and there was a bunch of grade three-ers. Yesterday I really liked Aboudi’s rock. I really like Cooper’s orange amber and Amy’s HUGE fossil.” ~Fahad

“Boom! As I put my rocks on my desk for the Rock Museum I felt excited! My favourite part was when parents came to my desk and commented on my rocks and I also like it when people asked me questions. My other favourite part was when one of the dads came to my desk and read the sign that said: ask me questions. And the dad said: what day of the week is it and he asked me what the date was! The most interesting thing I saw was Sarah’s gold, Simos’s rocks from his kit and Milana’s crystals. I thought it was really cool to have other kids and parents come to our classroom. I think they really enjoyed our rocks. I hope that everybody in the whole wide world loves rocks because they should!” ~Jamie

I think we could study rocks for the rest of our LIVES and never know everything!

I think we could study rocks for the rest of our LIVES and never know everything!

“Amazing! How is that rock dyed into different colours? It is FANTASTIC! Hi there! I did not see you. Sorry about all the excitement! Today was our Rock Museum! Look at this … it was my favourite. It was a rock that was DYED. It is cool! There were millions of crystals like amethyst, fools gold, ammonite, quartz and much more than that! I felt fabulous when all the families came in and the other grade three classes came. I still wonder about how some people got their fossils. My memory is my first wonder. I had a good time with you but I have to go. Bye.” ~Mary

“I am EXHAUSTED! Oh. HI there! Yesterday we did a Rock Museum. I brought some fossils, rocks and crystals to the Rock Museum. At the Rock Museum family, other grade three classes, teachers and parents came to see all of the rocks. The Rock Museum really was nice, especially when the parents had to guess what the enlarged sand and the enlarged lipstick was. It was hilarious. I really do wish we could do it again sometime.” ~Daniel S

 “Do you know what a Rock Museum is? My class had a Rock Museum. I forgot and didn’t bring my rocks so Mrs. Renton lent me some kits and other stuff. I hoped for my parents to come. Maybe my wishing came true. My mom came. I was SO happy to see my mom. I didn’t know about the kits so I couldn’t tell much to the people. So in lots of times I said, I’m so sorry I don’t know what that is. So the people said oh, that’s okay. Every time I hear that I feel sorry for them so after then I keep saying to myself that to practice more about rocks. I hope I can do better next time. Also, I was happy to take my FAKE geode home and the jar.” ~Ella

We saw such AMAZING collections!

We saw such AMAZING collections!

“Our class had to do Rock Museum. I love that people asked me extraordinary questions about my rocks. I remember in grade two I got scholastic book orders. It was a geode set. I really love it. I was so excited when I got my dinosaur teeth. It was a raptor tooth and a moasaur tooth.” ~Evan

“At the Rock Museum my mom and my brother Carter came. My sister couldn’t come because she had school. Did you know that eye shadow has crushed rocks and so does lipstick. My favourite parts were sharing my rocks. I wonder how crystals are formed. I hope we get to it again. I wonder if the earth is made out of rock. I wonder how we make rock. I wonder how many rocks are in Calgary. I can’t wait to write again.” ~Madison

“At the Rock Museum my dad came. He asked me lots and lot and lots of questions. Most of the people liked my geode. A person asked why did I choose red. My answer was because I liked ruby. I liked the geode the best. The Rock Museum was yesterday. I hope that we will have another Rock Museum next time. Before I got to walk around the museum. The Rock Museum was fun.” ~Alvin

SOME of these rocks and crystals we'd never even HEARD of before!

SOME of these rocks and crystals we’d never even HEARD of before!

“Have you ever been to a Rock Museum? I have. It was fun. I brought in my amethyst, rock candy, fake geode, etc. Not many people came to my desk to look at my things. Whenever someone came they asked if they could eat the candy! No one got to! They wanted to though. I liked Cooper’s geodes. They were really beautiful!!! I wish more people would come to my desk.” ~Carissa

“Yesterday we did the best thing ever. I though it was really cool because we got to see lots of different rocks. I saw fools gold, crystals, geodes, pyrite, amethyst, quartz, ammonite, coprilite, mica, and orthrocoptoid. We also had borax eggs, (geodes), and jars we made them in. Everything had crystals. I thought it was really cool to see the other classes and parents. My mom also came. I thought the most interesting thing I saw was the painted rock my friend owned. Some people had rock kits from scholastics book orders. I had my dad’s from his work. I saw miniature paleontologist and geologist rocks. I might make a Rock Museum at home. I saw a lot of geodes. I would never forget them all.” ~Daniel B

“You won’t ever guess what we did yesterday. It was fabulous. We had a Rock Museum! Don’t you want to have the amazing Rock Museum too? You will absolutely love it! Have you even heard “a rock is just a rock. They are absolutely ordinary”. Well, if you ever heard that, they are totally wrong! And if you heard “rocks are so AMAZING” then they’re right. You know why? I’ll explain why. I told you we had a Rock Museum, right? Crystals are rocks, right? So at a Rock Museum you can bring crystals, geodes and more! Even the First Nations used rocks to hunt animals. Stones, rocks, crystals … AMAZING! I hope one day everyone thinks like me!” ~Catherine

Gosh ... just when you THINK you know it all ... up pops ANOTHER wonder!

Gosh … just when you THINK you know it all … up pops ANOTHER wonder!

“Do you wonder what a Rock Museum is? I brought a lot of rocks. Only four of them were mine and the rest were my dad’s rocks. He has a lot of rocks. I love rocks! So I LOVED the Rock Museum. The favourite rocks I saw was Mary’s real geode. My favourite rock that I brought in was a calcite crystal. We had a microscope on the sand. Our parents had to guess what it was. My mom guessed it was a bunch of rocks on a beach or something like that. My dad knew what it was. He told us it was sand but I knew that it was sand. I loved that our parents and the other grade three classes got to see our rocks. I would not make any changes to the Rock Museum.” ~Elise

“I thought that we had the BEST Rock Museum yesterday where we got some of our favourite rocks and place them on our desks. Parents and other classes came in to look at the rocks and they asked questions. When the parents weren’t here we got to look around at our classmate’s rocks. They had pretty good rocks. Some people had rocks that were from scholastic book orders. There were three kits: Deadly Rocks and other kits. I’m not sure what the name was for the other two kits but they were pretty cool. A lot of people had fossils. I had a dinosaur fossil. One person had a fish fossil. Another person had two desks of rocks and fossils. One person had something that looked like an emerald. I wonder where one person found a real geode … not a fake one. We made fake geodes out of glue, egg shells, borax, sand and boiling water. Then you wait a day to take them out. I thought people had really cool stuff. I had one wonder about one of our classmate’s geodes. I hope we have another great Rock Museum.” ~Matt

“Oh. Only six parents came to my desk but Omar got more even when I was the only one with rose quartz. But, someone had gold. I wish I had coprolite. Tanek had igneous rock. It  was so cool. My favourite part was when Omar’s little sister came and said “do not touch” to me. You can get rock kits from scholastic book orders. The kits are very cool. You would love them. My lowlight was my dad not respecting my sign!” ~Carson

I wonder how many of us will grow up to be geologist or paleontologists?

I wonder how many of us will grow up to be geologists or paleontologists?

“Have you ever gone to a Museum for Rocks? My mom my sister and my brother all came to my Rock Museum. All the grade three classes came to our class to see our rocks and fossils. Some of my rocks I brought were from Greece and Hawaii. My favourite rocks were red jasper, lemon jade, tiger’s eye and snowflake obsidian. The most interesting thing I saw were the geodes. I felt funny when everybody came to our class because there was so much people. My favourite part was when a little girl said “why are your rocks cracked?” Everybody was asking me questions. The most grossest part of the Rock Museum was when a girl touched my borax crystal and licked her finger. Gross. One of the rocks I brought was from outer space. It’s called tekkite. I brought fool’s gold. In my Deadly Rocks kit tere is obsidian, tekkite, halite, selentine, pyrite, and coal. Pyrite is known as fool’s gold.” ~Simos

“Beep. Beep! Look … it’s a limo and the window is rolling down. Look! It’s Katy Perry! Tricked you! Now I got you right where I want you. So, let me tell you about my class’s Rock Museum. My favourite part was when people were admiring my rocks. The best most interesting thing I saw was Sarah’s genuine gold! In all my life I have never seen anything like it! I still wonder if my brother’s arrowhead was made by an Indian? And, I wonder what my brother’s minty coloured rock is? I hope when I grow up I will paint a picture of the most beautiful fossil ever for Mrs. Renton!” ~Mila

I'm sure glad we got the chance to go around and check out one another's treasures BEFORE the CROWDS arrived!

I’m sure glad we got the chance to go around and check out one another’s treasures BEFORE the CROWDS arrived!

“Have you ever been to a ROCK Museum? Not a REAL Rock Museum, but a classroom Rock Museum? But, it REALLY acted like a real one! Me and the twenty-six other students in my class led it, but also Mrs. Renton led of course but it was MOSTLY us who led it. We all, well mostly all, brought in LOTS of rocks. But, luckily Mrs. Renton is a TOTAL ROCK LOVER so she also had SO many rocks and even coprolite! Just so you know, coprolite is REALLY … I am scared to say it … it is DINO POO! I did a REALLY funny joke to my mom and I almost got my sister but she was too smart for it. I am not saying that my mom is not smart. I am just saying she fell for it pretty easy! So, back to the joke. I told my mom and my sister to touch it and my mom did and then after she touched it she talked sternly and asked “Sarah, what is it?” And then I laughed and said DINO POO! And she totally freaked out! I brought a little bottle of real gold, small, medium, and big polished rocks, one polished quartz and one not polished quartz, three fossils casts, three regular rocks and part of a geode. A REAL geode. We also put on a few things we made at school. They are fake borax geodes, a box with fluff in it for the geode and a jar with crystals in it from the making of our geodes! The most interesting thing I saw was Mila’s emerald rock. It was very cool and green. I still wonder where Mila got her emerald rock. I asked her but she said it was her brother’s and she had never asked him. I might of brought a shoe box like Cooper’s desk for my polished rocks next time. It felt cool that parents came in and could see everybody’s treasures! There were so many amazing rocks! I hope we do this again! I will NEVER forget the funny joke I did to my wonderful mom. I also wish my dad could come but at least I had my nanny, sister and my mom come. It was awesome!” ~Sarah

“I wonder what type of rock this is? The most interesting thing I saw was someone with a whole bunch of cool rocks and when someone chose one she told them all about it. I really liked Carson’s rocks, especially the geodes because they are really cool! Another really cool thing was there were rocks displayed on the smartboard but … it was actually sand! A picture that looked like a jar of paint was magnified lip gloss. I really liked looking at my class’s geodes! I wonder if volcanic sand is different than normal sand? I wonder how borax crystals become chalky? Did you know that amethyst means purple? I really liked four of my rock samples because one of them is really smooth. The other is a crystal rock. The third is mostly orange but not painted and the fourth one is yellow and has a purple line on it and it has lots of holes in it.” ~Omar

“It was crowded yesterday at the Rock Museum. There was lots of rocks. Carson brought geodes. They were split open! You could see the crystals inside! cooper brought LOTS of rocks from his deadly rock kit! It was so much it covered two desks! Simos brought his Deadly Rocks kit too. Mrs. Renton has corprolite in a bag. Some kids got totally grossed out!” ~Ryan

Thank you to EVERYONE for making our Rock Museum such a WONDERFUL sharing experience! We sure hope you enjoy the slideshow:

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Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why.

~Bernard Baruch

28 Responses to Our Rock Museum ROCKED!

  1. PSD

    What an awesome way to learn. Thanks for the great initiative, look forward to more

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi PSD!

      Thank you for your comment! We love learning this way and we’re really glad we get to do it! What was your FAVOURITE part of the Rock Museum post?

      Have a GREAT day! We hope you keep checking back!

      The Grade Three Bloggers 🙂

  2. Evan

    Hi guys, its Evan. I’m in Mexico and am trying to find a beautiful addition to my rock display. I really love the rock museum! Ms. Renton I haven’t seen your favorite animal, a snake, yet.

    • Laurie Renton

      Oh, Evan … EVEN in Mexico … you are thinking about how to scare me with snakes!!! I hope that you and your family have the MOST amazing time on your holiday! I can’t wait to see what kind of a rock you find to add to your collection … NO snakes, though! Love, Mrs. Renton 🙂

  3. Yasmin

    It was awesome 🙂

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi Yasmin!

      Thanks for the awesome comment! We thought all the different rocks that people brought in were COOL! What was your FAVOURITE part of the Rock Museum?

      We hope you keep checking back!

      The Grade Three Bloggers 🙂

      • Yasmin

        Hi Grade 3 Bloggers!

        I enjoyed seeing everyone’s collections and the rocks that was displayed in the classroom as well.
        I like your posts, it’s interesting and informative. Well done!

        • The Grade Three Bloggers

          Hi Yasmin!

          Thanks for the excellent comment! We enjoyed seeing everyone’s rock collections too! We also went to three OTHER classrooms and got to see their collections too! We like it when you leave comments. We are glad that you like our posts and learning about the things we’re exploring!

          Thanks! Keep checking back!

          The Grade Three Bloggers 🙂

  4. Diana

    Such great collections of rocks! It is amazing how many different rocks were displayed.

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Greetings, Diana!

      Thanks for the beautiful comment! We agree … there were some pretty amazing collections of rocks at our Rock Museum. We wonder what your favourite kind of rock is?

      Keep checking back!

      The Grade Three Bloggers 🙂

  5. Karen

    Such great highlights of everyone’s rock museum experience. I enjoyed seeing everyone’s treasures and learning all about them. Also, everyone’s opening sentences made it impossible not to read their whole paragraph.

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi Karen!

      Thanks for the awesome comment! We are glad that you liked our interesting beginnings because we were working really hard on good beginnings and reeling the reader in! We also enjoyed seeing everyone else’s rocks! We wonder what your favourite rocks were at the Rock Museum? Did you know what the pink picture was by the Smartboard? We had lots of fun. We are glad you did too!

      We hope you keep checking back!

      The Grade Three Bloggers 🙂

  6. Melissa

    Hi Grade 3 bloggers! I was away during the rock museum display so I’m happy you shared it on your blog post. Matthew’s dad loved it and said everyone really knew there stuff. Well done!

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Greetings, Melissa!

      Thank you for the lovely comment! We are sad that you were away during our Rock Museum but we are GLAD that Matt’s dad told you about it. We’re glad that you checked out our blog so that you could see what our classroom museum looked like! We’re really glad that Matt’s dad liked the Rock Museum!

      Have a good day! Keep checking back!

      The Grade Three Bloggers 🙂

  7. Erica

    Such a fun way to share your rocks with the class. I enjoyed seeing everyone’s collections!

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi Erica!

      Thanks for the awesome comment! We think it was a good way to share our rocks too! We liked seeing all our rock collections. We’re glad that you enjoyed them too! We’d like to know which was your favourite rock at the Rock Museum!

      Have a great day! Keep checking back!

      The Grade Three Bloggers 🙂

  8. Shaylene

    Everyone had so many interesting rocks and stories about them! It looks like it was fun and informative to study about rocks, especially living next to the Rocky Mountains…..maybe some future geologists!

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Greetings, Shaylene!

      Thanks for the awesome comment! We thought a lot of people had really cool rocks too! If you saw it on the bulletin board, we wonder if you knew what the pictures were. Did you? We think it’s pretty awesome to live by the Rocky Mountains too! There are so many great places to hike in the mountains! What was your FAVOURITE part of the Rock Museum? Some of us think we would like to become paleontologists or geologists when we grow up although lots of us just aren’t sure yet!

      Keep checking back! Have a NICE day!

      The Grade Three Bloggers 🙂

  9. Doris

    Hi Gade 3 bloggers, I like all of your posts, you guys are amazing! Look forward to see more posts. Thank you for sharing all the interesting facts and your excitement about rocks.

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi Doris!

      Thanks for the awesome comment! We are glad that you like all of our posts. Which post was your favourite one? We hope we write lots MORE awesome posts. Did you know that there are minerals in eye shadow? We are glad that you liked our interesting facts and excitement about rocks!

      Keep checking back! Have a nice day!

      The Grade Three Bloggers 🙂

  10. Dave

    I would like to learn how to make rock candy. can someone send me the reciepe? thank you

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi Dave!

      Thanks for the comment! The Grade Three Bloggers who have actually made rock candy found the process really hard because it didn’t form crystals like the rock candy you find in stores! We wish we could give you a foolproof recipe. Instead, we hope that you can try a few and let US know which one you had the BEST success with!

      Keep checking back! Have an awesome day!

      The Grade Three Bloggers 🙂

  11. Elise

    Hi,guys

    loved the rock museum. Did you think it was awesome?

    From,

    Elise

    • Kagan

      Hi. My class room I like your rocks I think you are doing a good work good bye

      • Furkan

        Hi my name is Furkan and I love your rock museum

        • The Grade Three Bloggers

          Greetings, Furkan!

          Thanks for the AWESOME comment! We’re glad that you loved our Rock Museum! We wonder what your favourite rock from the Rock Museum was and if you have a favourite rock in general?

          Keep checking back! Have a GOOD day!

          The Grade Three Bloggers 🙂

      • The Grade Three Bloggers

        Hi Kagan!

        Thanks for the AWESOME comment! We’re glad that you liked our rocks! We hope you’re having a GREAT family vacation! We think we’re doing pretty good work too! We think YOU’RE doing good work as well!

        Keep checking back! Have a NICE day!

        The Grade Three Bloggers 🙂

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi Elise!

      Thanks for the AWESOME comment! We think the Rock Museum WAS awesome! We’re glad that you liked the Rock Museum! (Mrs. Renton ALSO loves that you like to leave comments on our classroom blog!)

      Keep checking back! Have a GOOD day!

      The Grade Three Bloggers 🙂

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