The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
It’s hard to believe that it is mid November … and … we are STILL rock crazy! We’ve learned SO much about the layers of the earth … and zoomed in even closer to learn more about the rocks that make up the crust beneath our feet. We’ve even learned about what dirt is made of … and SAND! Each and EVERY day at least ONE person walks into class with a special rock just BEGGING to share its brilliance with everyone else!
Our latest focus has been on crystals. We’ve learned about the tiny crystals we are spotting in our rocks, the crystals we’ve purchased at Gem and Mineral events and the AMAZING crystals you can find in the Lost Crystal Caves in Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico! They are BREATH taking and SO big that they DWARF an ADULT standing beside them!
While we watched an amazing National Geographic video all about the Lost Crystal Caves, we learned how to sketchnote! Sketchnoting is a creative way of capturing the interesting information we don’t want to forget while we research or listen. Mrs. Renton even shared how she uses sketchnoting in HER learning!
We also discovered that there are TONS of interesting ways to create your OWN crystals … some of them YUMMY … some of them just SO beautiful! We experimented with borax crystals. Some of us chose to make geodes and some decided to make snowflakes. We hope you enjoy this post with all its highlights and photos!
First … the process of making our borax solution:
“The geodes are so, so cool! The geodes are shockingly cool! I wish my geode wasn’t broken. I was so excited about the big reveal!” ~Alex
“Two things I really loved about learning about crystals are that I loved making our magnificent geodes! They turned out spectacularly and were chalked full of borax crystals! Another star was sketchnoting about the absolutely gorgeous Lost Crystal Caves. I did just about four whole pages of interesting things in my sketch book. I wish we could do it every year and all year! An awesome memory is watching the Lost Crystal Caves video. I wonder how long people have been making borax geodes?” ~Payton
“My two stars were making the geodes. It was fun. And my second one was seeing how spectacular all the crystals looked! They were awesome. I wish we could make geodes every year!” ~Alinah
“I made a geode that’s fake. I love it. This is how you make them. One jar. One cup of borax. Stir until clear. Add food colouring. Stir a few seconds. Add an egg. I forgot about adding hot water.” ~Will
“My star is that we got to make borax crystals because they are beautiful and shiny! I wish that we got to do TWO! My memory is that I made a snowflake crystal. I wish that we could make more. I loved making the crystals. The crystals were so fun! I was really excited for the big reveal!” ~Brooklyn
“I loved that we even got to make the geodes and snowflakes. I wish that we could make both of the things. I will never forget my geode. I wonder how the geode broke in the jar? I loved the beautiful geodes and snowflakes.” ~Emily
“I loved making the geodes because they have so much glamour!!! I loved stirring the boiling hot water because it was cool how the water started foggy and changed to see through! I wonder how did the borax and hot water and food dye make a geode? I wish I could have everyone’s geodes. I will never forget making geodes!” ~Eric
“My first star is making my snowflake. My second is how awesome it turned out. I wish there was more crystals on my snowflake. A memory I’ll never forget is when it turned out so realistic. I wonder how borax can make crystals?” ~Evelyn S
“I wish the geodes were real. I loved making the geodes and snowflakes. I really liked seeing the fake geodes and snowflakes because they were beautiful and shiny. I will remember how to make geodes again. I wonder if we can make geodes again?” ~Beyazit
“One of my favourite things was making the borax geode because it was fun. Another of my favourite things was sketching our geodes because we got to look deeply at our geodes. I wish the crystal cave video was more exciting. I will remember we made borax crystals.” ~Reid
“My geode is lovely. I’m amazed my geode turned out well even though I broke mine. I wish I would be more soft with my fake geode so it didn’t break. I remember that we put borax and food colouring in. I wonder if I can fix my geode.” ~Zari
“I loved how people’s crystals turned out gorgeous. It was great how people LOVED their geode crystals. I wish no geodes or snowflakes broke. I will never forget my geode. I wonder if I can make my geode have more crystals.” ~Colby
“My favourite part about the crystal stuff is making geodes because I liked all the pretty colours and the geodes turned out great! I also loved studying the Crystal Caves. I wish that we could have done more things with crystals. A memory that I will never forget is watching how cool the Crystal Caves were because I thought it was awesome that they wear HEAVY protective gear because it looked so cool!” ~Vivian
“My memory is my geode and making it is a really great memory! A wish is that my blue geode, (crystal), did not turn so black!!! My wonder is that how does it form crystals and how our teacher got egg shells. My two favourite parts are that they had lots of crystals and they were gorgeous, but they were fake. Here are the steps. They are as simple and easy as get a cup full of borax and boiling water and a spoon to stir it so it is clear. The next day it is a geode! Awesome!” ~Maya
“I love when I saw my snowflake has so many crystals. I loved when I stirred my snowflake because I liked the sound of the spoons hitting the jar. It was like music. I also remember that three geodes broke. It was very sad. I wonder why did the geodes not have a lot of crystals?” ~Arash
“I loved when we got to make a borax crystal. How I made it was with very hot water, some egg shells, a spoonful of borax and some food colouring. We only had to wait for five days. I wish that we could bring them home and have them rolled with sand. I will never forget how to make borax crystals so I can have a lot of crystals in my room. It will be so pretty!” ~Katherine
“We made borax crystals that were not crystals at first. They were pipe cleaners with borax in it and it became crystals. I love crystals. It was very fun.” ~Nic
“I liked how my crystal turned out. It was so awesome and another time I liked was when we got to have a deeper look at the crystals because the crystals looked so red. I really wish my crystal was filled with crystals and I want it to be way bigger. I will remember everything. I wonder if they are growing right now.” ~Tareq
“I like making borax crystals. I enjoyed watching the Crystal Caves movie. I wish I could have made a snowflake. I remember the Lost Crystal Caves movie. I wonder when we can watch the Lost Crystals.” ~Rowen
“I loved that we could pick to do a geode or a snowflake. I also loved how they turned out. I wish mine was bigger though. I will never forget how excited I was when they were growing. I wonder if it dries out if you can put it back in the boiling water for it to get crystals again?” ~Connie
“When we made geodes I was really excited. I wish I could make a yellow geode. I wonder what a green geode looks like? I really liked watching the Crystal Caves.” ~Evelyn L
‘I love how sparkly and shiny my geode was!!! I like tat it looked like a little Crystal Cave! I wish they would stay sparkly forever. And, I wish they were not so broken. I loved pulling the geode out of the jar because it was shocking how shiny they were!!! I wonder hoe the borax crystals get so shiny!” ~Colter
“My favourite part was that I got to make a geode from an egg shell and searching how it really looks. I wish that I could make another one! Something I would never forget is that I got to make a fake geode! I wonder how many crystals can grow on it!” ~Sky
“My class made geodes and snowflakes. I made a geode. They turned out spectacular, beautiful and glittery. I love that mine is unique because it goes light, dark, light, and a little bit of glue. I also like that it is so shiny. I wish that they had more crystals. I will never forget how to make it: glass jar, pour hot water in the glass jar, add borax and stir, then add special food colouring and carefully push an egg shell into the water and wait. I wonder how borax makes crystals.” ~Leah
“Borax crystals are so cool and fun also. We used food colouring, a jar, boiling water and also a spoon. We made snowflakes and geodes because we learned about it.” ~Daniel
Here’s a slide show of “looking deeply”:
Stay tuned … we will add some photos of our FINISHED geodes and snowflakes … once we’ve added the sand to our geodes. They’re all in very SPECIAL home made boxes now!
There are no foolish questions, and no man becomes a fool until he has stopped asking questions.
~Charles Proteus Steinmetz
- What’s the coolest crystal you’ve ever seen?
- how do we keep borax from turning chalky white when they lose the moisture out of their crystals?