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Rocks & Minerals: It's NOT "Hard" Science!

from Cleveland Museum of Natural History

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Are you losing your marbles when it comes to getting 'sedimentary' students interested in the rocks beneath their feet? Don’t 'sulphur' alone…we’ll help you dig up an avalanche of appreciation for the original 'hard' sciences…this overview of geology and mineralogy basics will whet your students’ 'apatite' for Earth Sciences with plenty of hands-on experiments and real specimens from our collections. Is studying rocks fun? Of 'quartz' it is!

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About This Program


By Request: $200.00
By Request Premium: $140.00

$30 kit shipping charge is included in the basic program fee listed above.

If booking multiple programs, only 1 shipping charge will be applied. Kit materials can be reused for each new incoming class (make sure your students place all specimens back in the original boxes for the next group).

Discounts available for 5 or more programs booked at the same time,


1 hour needed to complete all planned activities, grades 3-8

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Minimum participants:

No minimum required.

Maximum participants:

We suggest 30 or less for maximum participation.

Primary Disciplines


Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

Booking Information

NOTE: Please give us at least 2 weeks notice when booking this program. A necessary (and heavy) kit of specimens will be shipped to your school for use during our program…when your student geologists are finished, please refer to our packing diagram to prep the kit for return to the Museum. There will be a return UPS label in the kit and zip-ties to secure the lid.

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For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made at least seven days before the scheduled appointment. Failure to cancel in advance will result in being charged the price of the program. There is no charge if your program is cancelled due to avalanche, volcanic eruption, earthquakes, or unforeseen technical problems.

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Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Cleveland, OH
United States

Our Mission Statement: To inspire, through science and education, a passion for nature, the protection of natural diversity, the fostering of health, and leadership to a sustainable future.
CMNH programs address appropriate Revised Ohio Academic Content Standards in Science and Social Studies, and the National Health Education Standards.

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Program Details


1. Pass out specimens, make observations.
2. Compare with neighbors, see images of ways particular specimens are used by humans.
3. Describe how specimens in one phase of the rock cycle can have varying properties.
4. Teacher is asked to hold up several singular specimens; students may pass these around after our connection is completed.


Students will--
• Define the difference between a rock and a mineral
• Describe the three rock groups, how they were formed, and give an example of each
• List at least three uses of rocks and minerals
• Compare distinct properties of rocks such as texture and color
• Identify rock types based on recorded observations
• Identify minerals by their characteristic properties

Standards Alignment

National Standards

See Ohio Academic Content Standards below.

State Standards

Grade 3 Science: Earth and Space Science-Earth’s Resources

•Earth’s nonliving resources have specific properties
Grade 4 Science: Earth and Space Science-Earth’s Surface
•Earth’s surface has specific characteristics and landforms that can be identified.
•The surface of Earth changes due to weathering.
•The surface of Earth changes due to erosion and deposition.
Grade 6 Science: Earth and Space Science-Rocks, Minerals and Soil
•Minerals have specific, quantifiable properties.
•Igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks have unique characteristics that can be used for
identification and/or classification.
•Igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks form in different ways.
•Rocks, minerals and soils have common and practical uses.
Grade 8 Science: Earth and Space Science-Physical Earth
•A combination of constructive and destructive geologic processes formed Earth’s surface.
•Evidence of the dynamic changes of Earth’s surface through time is found in the geologic record.