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Mining for Gems in First Grade!

First graders have been studying rocks as a part of their Earth Materials unit in Science. On Thursday, April 10, students got to enjoy mining for gems! Huck’s Mines visited our school for an in house field trip and students were allowed to pan for all kinds of rocks. Students had the opportunity of finding a variety of treasures, dipping their dirt tray down into the water, and allowing the water to wash the dirt away revealing the surprises underneath! Students were allowed to keep the rocks they found. Teachers were also given a large rock crystal to keep and show for their classroom.
Students then returned to the classroom where they identified their rocks using an identification chart, compared their findings with their peers, and researched their favorite rock. Some of the more common rocks they found were different types of quartz and crystals varying in color including purple, blue, black, green, pink and clear. Some rocks also contained silver and gold sparkling flakes! Students were amazed to see these unique rocks which are very different compared to what they have found in their back yards! This “hands on” experience has been an excellent way for students to extend their knowledge building on what they are learning in the classroom while enjoying an exciting, fun filled afternoon of exploration and discovery!

Written by: Christie Hinson, 1st Grade Teacher
Posted: Apr 11, 2014 by Jennifer Williams

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