Create a Collection That Rocks!
Fifth graders have a solid foundation of scientific knowledge. They’ve learned about classifying everything from animals to crystals. Now they’re ready for more sophisticated scientific activities. They’re ready to start making their own collections!
Collections are a great way to help your child develop organizational and scientific thinking skills. Moreover, collections are also a great way to help your child explore something that interests her. Rock collections are a favorite among school-aged children and their parents because they’re not messy, and they’re fairly easy to organize and display. Another advantage of collecting rocks as opposed to other science materials is that they are easy to collect—you can find rocks anywhere and everywhere all around you!
So just how can a fifth grader go about starting her own rock collection? Here's a collection plan to help.
What You Need:
- Fishing tackle box or a large, sturdy shoebox
- White hobby paint or acrylic paint found in any craft store
- Small paintbrush
- Fine-point, permanent marker
- Paper or journal