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Sand This web site is a place where you can learn about sand, see a variety of different kinds of sand, and look at sands from different places around the world.
Rocks and Images - is an introduction to rock collecting. Read about the 3 kinds of rocks -- igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic -- and the Earth processes that formed them. Find out how to start a rock collection, where to find rocks, and the equipment you'll need. (USGS)
Exploring Earth - Interactive rock cycle:
A Teacher's links and lesson plans on rocks:
Mineralogical Society of America's kids page:
Spaceman - Higher level, the specimens are listed alphabetically and by class. They also list the most distinguishing trait and the uses of each mineral plus some online quizes (adults).
Fossweb: Earth Materials - Fun site with great rock and mineral data and a game using Mohs Drill and the Castle of Doom
Minerals In Sports, USGS - fire up athletes with the relevance of minerals to their craft. Find how minerals play a part in baseball, golf, weightlifting, tennis, pogo sticks and more.
Coal--A Complex Natural Resource, USGS - discusses the origin, composition, and production of coal in the U.S. as well as the Public Health aspects of coal.
Science Spot - Links to Rocks and Mineral Links
Tasa Graphic Arts Company - has produced state of the art multimedia products for use in the Earth Science and Environment Science Classrooms. Of particular interest are interactive CD-ROMs on Hands-On Mineral Identification, the Wonder of Rocks and Minerals, and the Study of Minerals. They provide online ordering. To receive a 15% discount for teachers who visit the GSA website, contact Tasa Graphic Arts to receive a special web address and discount code., e-mail:, phone: 1-800-293-2725 or (505) 758-5535.
How Rocks and Minerals are Formed -
Mineral Information Institute - This website has information for teachers to teach students about our natural resources, where they come from, and their everyday use.
Awesome ThinkQuest site on rocks and minerals - Just pull down the index and "go"
Another ThinkQuest Junior site - this time on "A Wonderful World of Minerals"
All about quartz -
Mineralogy 4 Kids Rockin' Internet Site - "The BEST Place to Learn about Rocks and Minerals".
"Rocks and Minerals" slide show -
Some other rock cycle sites:
Learn about mine safety -
How to Identify Meteorites -
About Rocks and Minerals from a large home schooling site:
Canadian Rockhound Geologic Magazine - Junior Rock Hound site has good rock and mineral info.
Become a Rock Detective - Teaching collections of rock, fossil and mineral samples with hands-on activities called "Mysteries for Detectives" (K-adult) to solve. Buy or rent.
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Rockfinders: Learn About Rocks and Minerals - Learn all about rocks and minerals - from what they are to how they are formed. Max Orbit introduces kids to the fascinating world of rocks, minerals and fossils and offers helpful tips about where and how to hunt for rocks and fossils. Learn how to make paint form ground-up rocks, soap and water, or create a modern day fossil to discover how ancient fossils were formed and preserved. 30 minutes. Ages 8 and up. $14.95.
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The Teacher-Friendly Guide to the Geology of the Northeastern U.S., by Jane Ansley, 2000. Written as a teacher preparation and information resource, this guide provides teachers with background on the regional geology of the Northeast. Ties in national science education standards and inquiry-based teaching. Contains corresponding student activities for each topic. Designed for middle and high school level science teachers but applicable to any level. Paleontological Research Institution Publications, 1259 Trumansburg Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850; (, $25.

The Big Rock, by Hiscock, Bruce. Grades 4-7. Looks at how a granite rock near the author's house reveals information about Earth history. Paperback: ISBN 0689829582, Hardcover: ISBN 0689314027.

Caves, by Morris, Neil. Grades 4-7. All about the creation of caves and the animals (including humans) and plants that live(d) in them. Paperback: ISBN 0865058423, Hardcover: ISBN 0817243461.

Crystal & Gem, by Symes, R.F. and others. Grades 4-7. Terrific photos and information on formation and uses of crystals and gem stones. Hardcover: ISBN 0679807810.

Earth, by Grimshaw, Caroline. Grades 4-7. Deals with basic geoscience questions such as the origin of Earth and geological/biological changes through time. Paperback: ISBN 0716613050, Hardcover: ISBN 1568474539.

Geology Crafts for Kids: 50 Nifty Projects to Explore the Marvels of Planet Earth, by Anderson, Alan and others. Grades 4-7. General earth science activities explore subjects such as volcanoes, fossils, rocks & minerals, and erosion. Paperback: ISBN 0806981571, Hardcover: ISBN 0806981563.

A Look at Rocks: From Coal to Kimberlite, by Kittinger, Jo S. Grades 4-7. Describes the formation, appearance, and types of rocks. Also discusses the changes rocks undergo, and how to start a rock collection. Paperback: ISBN 053115887X, Hardcopy: ISBN 0531203107.

Rocks and Minerals, by Symes, R.F. and Colin Keates. Grades 4-7. Full color pictures and interesting text about the formation and uses of rocks and minerals. Hardcover: ISBN 0394896211.

Stone Wall Secrets, by Thorson, Kristine, Robert Thorson, and Gustav Moore. Grades 4-7. A farmer shares the geological history of the stones in a stone wall around the family's property with his grandson. Hardcover: ISBN 0884481956.

Volcano & Earthquake, by Van Rose, Susanna. Grades 4-7. Discusses where and how earthquakes and volcanoes occur, prediction, and human interaction with these natural phenomena. Hardcover: ISBN 0679816852.

Volcano: The Eruption & Healing of Mount St. Helens, by Lauber, Patricia. Grades 4-7. Beautiful photographs and information about the eruption and aftermath of Mount St. Helens. Paperback: ISBN 0689716796.


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