The Rocks and Minerals loan kit contains a collection of 31 igneous, metamorphic, and igneous rocks as well as mineral samples. This kit comes with complete instructions and 3 Units that consists of about a dozen discovery stations. Students learn to make observations, identify characteristics, make discoveries about rock formations, and learn to use a rock identification chart. This kit will support your lessons relating to Virginia natural resources, rock types, Earth history, and fossil evidence.

Grade/Subject

2, 3, 4 ES

SOL Concepts/Skills

Grades 2-5 Science and Earth Science objectives related to making observations, classification according to properties, Virginia natural resources, rock types, Earth history, and fossil evidence. Interdisciplinary activities that relate mathematics and English including oral language, reading/literature, writing, and research skills are included. (VA Standards of Learning: 2.7, 4.9, 5.7, ES.4-ES.6)

Kit Contents: 

  • 31 sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rock samples
  • rock kit teacher instruction manual
  • rock identification sheet
  • rock identification charts (30)
  • unit recording sheets
  • activity cards #1-39
  • magnifying lens (11)
  • "Geologist for a Day" article