Rocks and Minerals   May 20, 2008   2:00/1:00 MT/PT
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Rock Hounds
Get your hard hats on and go digging for some fun and facts with Rocky, from the Franklin Institute. Become familiar with with different kinds of rock and then take the "Expert Quiz." Don't forget to look at the puzzle page, too.
Are you the curious type? Take a look at photos and descriptions of minerals, igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks at Volcano World's Rock and Mineral slide show. 

Question Marks Visit The Children's Museum of Indianapolis to help Rex, the Dino Detective, solve mysteries about rocks, minerals, and fossils.

   Alarm clock You won't believe all the things that are made of ROCKS and MINERALS!!

Are you interested in how rocks got their names, or how we use minerals in our everyday life?

Purple sky & rocksThis Planet Really Rocks is a website that was created by a team of fifth and sixth grade ThinkQuest Jr. This website contains pages about the origin, classification, recycling processes, and important uses of rocks and minerals.

Smithsonian Gem & Mineral Collection contains yet more beautiful pictures of crystals and gems.

Do you have more questions about rocks, mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes, and ?? Ask a Geologist from the United States Geological Survey.

Perhaps this little "rock" song will help you remember the the differences between sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks.


Rocks and Minerals is a website with a very thorough reference list with off-line and online lesson plans and activities.Polished Rocks

Children's Museum of Indianapolis "Geomysteries" has interactive exercises about identifying minerals, rocks, and fossils.

The Franklin Institute's Rock Hound website includes information and activities for students and lesson plans for teachers.
Volcano World from Oregon State University has extensive geological information, including an online lesson about rocks and minerals. Their sitemap is the quickest and easiest way to see everything they offer.
Check out the Newton's Apple lesson plan on how gemstones get their color.

WGBH has an informative section about Becoming a Fossil on the PBS website. There is also a section about fossils in the Northwest.

Here is a lesson plan about fossils from the USGS.

Geological Links for Idaho
The Idaho Geological Survey is "the special public service and research agency at the University of Idaho mandated by law to collect and disseminate geologic and mineral data for the state." They have Idaho geologic maps links on their website.

Connect with other teachers at the Idaho Earth Science Teachers Association website.

The National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) has a section about the Earthquake history of Idaho.

This website was designed to introduce you to the Idaho Mining Association with links to information about the mining industry both in and outside Idaho.

Geologic Time Scale 1 and Geologic Time Scale 2 These time scales from the U.S. Geological Survey are drawn to scale so you can compare the relative lengths of geologic time divisions.

This geologic timeline is geared toward kids, from Children's museum of Indianapolis.

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