Having spent most of our lives at or near sea-level, the plant life zones of Colorado were fascinating to our entire family. Seeing the timber line, seeing snow in the summer...these were new to us! This visual helped us as we looked out to the mountains themselves.
At one of the local rock shops, the boys spent well over an hour discussing various geological samples from the local terrain. We learned about feldspar, quart, and selenite. The selenite towers were their favorite - as there were some that looked like magic wands!
Another neat thing about this particular store was how they provided written materials to go along with each piece they sold, and the approximate date of the rock itself. What a cool, hands-on lesson in geology!
- Garden of the Gods (Rocks & Minerals Unit)
- Cripple Creek (Colorado Gold Rush Unit)
- Salt Mine in Kansas
- Local Geological Expedition
- Meramec Caverns (Lewis & Clark Unit)
- Indian Echo Caverns (Life Underground Unit)
- Geology Vocabulary
- Magic School Bus Rocky Road Trip & Lapbook
- Magic School Bus Inside the Earth
- State Rocks, Minerals, and Stones list
- Geology Videos (includes cooking & history)
- Middle School Unit Study