Our Upper School classes were rockin’ with Rocks in WonderLab STEAM activities guided by our Director of Curriculum, Paula Shapiro! Using magnifying glasses to observe, and hands-on to examine, our students learned about many types of rocks including granite from the coast of Maine, amethyst from Brazil and quartz from our own school grounds. They were especially intrigued by geodes and how crystal treasures can form inside rocks.
Please encourage your “Rock Hound” to collect and identify rocks in their own back yard! There are many wonderful kid-friendly books about rocks, gems and minerals such as: Let’s Go Rock Collecting by Roma Gass and Holly Keller, Rocks, Gems and Minerals, a Golden Guide from St. Martin’s press by Paul R. Shaffer, and National Geographic Kids’ Everything Rocks and Minerals: Dazzling Gems of Photos That Will Rock Your World by Steve Tomecek.
A weekend visit to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum might be in order to view the exquisite gems and minerals and of course, the Hope Diamond! Rocks rock!