We love You Tube, with its endless source of visual resources, so we created a playlist to use with our study. Another great video on minerals can be found here.
Our spelling/vocabulary words for the week were uploaded to Spelling City and can be found here. If you don't have a membership, you can access these and your child can play the free activities to help them learn. The spelling test is also free. They can type in their name and print a certificate of their grade for record keeping.
There were several sites picked out for the girls. They are different ages and vary in reading ability, so I provided them with the following options to choose from. They used these sites to gather information about crystals and minerals during the study:
- http://www.ck12.org/flexbook/chapter/19407 (CK12 Flexbook - MS Earth's Minerals)
We used several kits in this study. You can find most of these in various places like Hobby Lobby. They often run them on sale and you can print a 40% off coupon on their website, anytime. Kits we used for our activities:
- Earth Science Crystals, Rocks, and Minerals (Our Favorite Resource This Week!)
- Toysmith Crystal Mining
- Break Your Own Geodes
- http://yeeshallknow.com/science/ (Rocky Road Trip lapbook can be used in your notebook)
- http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/geology/leveson/core/linksa/mineral_ident_intro.html (Charts for mineral identification. Great for the lab)
- http://www.thecraftyclassroom.com/CraftGeologyRocksMinerals.html (Lab sheets for rock and mineral exploration. We used these during our lab session.)
- http://www.missdoctorbailer.com/resources_6th.cfm?subpage=1339877 (Lots of lab sheets for middle school.)
- http://notebookingfairy.com/2011/07/rocks-and-minerals-notebooking-pages/ (Notebooking pages by Jimmie)
We have a few more activities planned coming up. They include visiting our local gem and mineral society and convention coming to our area. If you would like to do the same, here in the U.S. you can find information at AFMS. Simply find your region on the list.
Well, that's it for our study of minerals and crystals. Next stop...Rocks!
(Disclosure: I am affiliated with several of the companies linked within this post. I receive a monetary compensation for purchases of the mentioned products, however I only recommend products we use personally and that I believe in. Any monetary compensation received is used to provide for our homeschooling.)