Rocks of Connecticut

Eli Whitney Museum

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Each child will build a display box to sort and test 6 (plus a mystery rock) rocks and minerals brought to the Museum from across Connecticut. Each sample will have different properties.

Every student will learn to use and will take home a hand lens and light.

Meets Connecticut Science Standards

  • 3.3: Earth materials have different physical and chemical properties.
  • 5.4: Humans have the capacity to build and use tools to advance the quality of their lives.

Meets Common Core Standards

  • 4-ESS1: Earth's Place in the Universe

Meets Next Generation Science Standards

  • 2-ESS1-1: Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly. ESS1.C: The History of Planet Earth. Some events happen very quickly; others occur very slowly, over a time period much longer than one canobserve. (2-ESS1-1)
  • 4-ESS1: Earth's Place in the Universe: 4-ESS1-1. Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.
Download Rocks Teach Mat 3.25.08.pdf (pdf, 63.1kb)

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