The study of rocks is an essential part of studying the age and evolution of Earth. In Rocks, students will examine the characteristics of each of the major types of rocks: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. From stalactites and stalagmites to intrusive and extrusive rocks, students will examine how rocks are formed in this exciting program. A visit to Mammoth Mountain in California showcases the interesting rock formation known as the Obsidian Dome, while a fun, hands-on demonstration illustrates how different sized-particles of sediment settle out of water at different rates. Part of the Earth Science in Action DVD Series. A Teacher's Guide is included and available online. 23 minutes. Grades 5 to 8.
Minerals are an important part of everything around us -- from the pencils we write with to the airplanes in the sky. Even the earth beneath our feet is packed solid with these essential building blocks. In All About Rocks and Minerals, children will discover the characteristics of minerals and see how different minerals make up different kinds of rocks: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. A visit to a lapidary shop examines some beautiful gemstones, while a fun, hands-on investigation demonstrates how solid crystals can be made from a liquid. Part of the Earth Science for Children DVD Series. A teacher's guide is available online. 23 minutes. Grades K to 4.