and Mineral Resources
Michael Kline (Illustrator). Geology Rocks!:
50 Hands-On Activities to Explore the Earth (Kaleidoscope Kids)
Williamson Publishing Company (October 1999)
From School Library
Geology's basics are explored in a lively fashion and are accompanied
by a combination of familiar and not-so-familiar experiments and activities.
Each chapter introduces a concept such as "the first rock group-Igneous
'Iggy,' Sedimentary 'Sed,' and Metamorphic 'Morph'!" Ways to find
and places to observe these types of rock are suggested. Activities such
as creating a sand sculpture or playing "Rock Tic-Tac-Toe" are
included. Sidebars give additional information about geologists, language
links ("blow your top" or "petrified"), famous formations,
scientific controversies, and how to think like a scientist. The text
is witty but conveys much factual material. The experiments can be done
easily with household items and include safety precautions. Kathryn Kosiorek,
Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH. Copyright 2000 Reed Business
Cole, Joanna, and
Bruce Degen. The Magic School Bus: Inside the
Earth. Scholastic; Big Book edition (September 1993)
Filled with interesting
illustrations and dialog of information every kid should know about what
the earth is made of. Follow the Magic Bus and these favorite characters
to a journey inside the earth.
From School Library
Cole and Degen have struck at the core once again to produce an exciting,
attractive, and informative science book for young readers. Children who
entered Ms. Frizzle's classroom in The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks
(Scholastic, 1986), are in for another exhuberant, intriguing field trip.
This time, it's to the center of the earth. Surprises abound through each
strata down to the very inner core where it is hot, hot, hot. The class
collects rock samples before the bus is expelled from the earth's core
in a volcanic eruption. Illustrations are in watercolor cartoon format
and attendant ``balloons'' contain pertinent information or students'
humorous asides. There are also pages from students' reports on rocks.
A tongue-in-cheek section at the end discusses the real and fantasy aspects
of the book. Containing uncluttered text and illustrations, it is an anticipatory
page-turner full of exciting adventure from school yard to volcano and
back. Mary Lou Budd, Milford South Elementary School, Ohio. Copyright
1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Roma, Holly Keller (Illustrator). Let's Go Rock
Collecting (Let'S-Read-And-Find-Out Science. Stage 2). HarperTrophy;
Ill edition (May 30, 1997)
Easy-to-understand text introduces children to rocks, how they are formed,
what they are made of, and how they are used. Original color artwork and
More than just the title has been changed in this updated edition of Gans's
Rock Collecting (Crowell, 1984). The topics are the same basic rock formation;
the characteristics of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks; the
uses of rocks in the past (Roman roads, Egyptian pyramids) and the present
(cement); and, finally, a bit about rock collecting. The excellent diagrams,
full-color photographs of specimens, and minor textual changes clarify
the concepts (for example, Mohs' scale of hardness) and extend the presentation.
Gans barely introduces collecting rocks in the field and organizing and
storing them, but the pair of youngsters featured in Keller's brightly
colored illustrations certainly convey the joys of being a rock hound.
Carolyn Angus, The Claremont Graduate School, CA. Copyright 1997 Reed
Business Information, Inc.
Barker, Rachel. How
to Start and Maintain a Rock Collection. 1997http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/collect1/collectgip.html
Frank, Dave, John
Galloway, and Ken Assmus. Life Cycle of a Mineral
This teacher's guide
defines what a mineral deposit is and how a mineral deposit is identified
and measured, how the mineral resources are extracted, and how the mining
site is reclaimed; how minerals and mineral resources are processed; and
how we use mineral resources in our every day lives. Included are 10 activity-based
learning exercises that educate students on basic geologic concepts; the
processes of finding, identifying, and extracting the resources from a
mineral deposit; and the uses of minerals. The guide is intended for K
through 12 Earth science teachers and students and is designed to meet
the National Science Content Standards as defined by the National Research
Council (1996). To assist in the understanding of some of the geology
and mineral terms, see the Glossary (appendix 1) and Minerals and Their
Uses (appendix 2).
Rocks & Minerals - Smithsonian Handbooks.
DK ADULT; 1st edition (September 1, 2002)
DK's Smithsonian handbook of Rocks and Minerals combines 600 vivid full-color
photos with descriptions of more than 500 specimens. Each entry combines
a precise description with annotated photographs to highlight the chief
characteristics of the rock or mineral and distinguishing features. Color--coded
bands provide a clear, at--a--glance facts for quick reference. In addition,
each mineral entry features an illustration showing the crystal system
to which the mineral belongs. Designed for beginners and experienced collectors
alike, the Smithsonian Handbook of Rocks and Minerals explains what rocks
or minerals are, how they are classified, and how to start a collection.
To help in the initial stages of rock identification, a clear visual key
illustrates the differences between igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary
rocks, then guides the reader to the correct rock entry. A concise glossary
provides instant understanding of technical and scientific terms.
The Best Book of Fossils, Rocks, and Minerals.
Publisher: Kingfisher (April 15, 2000)
From School Library
-Visually inviting, this series entry has colorful drawings, a minimum
of text, and a format dependent upon breaking a large topic into small
segments that can be contained on facing pages. Subjects such as "Our
rocky world," "Layers of life," and "Precious gemstones"
are covered briefly in introductory paragraphs and captions accompanying
the eye-catching art. Very simplistic in approach (not all aluminum ends
up as cans), this slender work will attract browsers in a classroom collection,
but is not a first choice for libraries. Patricia Manning, formerly at
Eastchester Public Library, NY .Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information,
Be Your Own Rock & Mineral Expert. Sterling
Publishing (June 1997)
Teaches children how to study the evidence and figure out which type of
rocks have been found, how they're classified, and how to record what
they've observed. Includes hands-on-experiments. Color illustrations.
Tompsom, Ida. Townsend
P. Dickinson (Photographer). Field Guide
to North American Fossils. National Audubon Society. Turtleback:Alfred
A. Knopf, Inc.; 8th Printing edition (October 12, 1982)
This, the first all-photographic field guide to cover fossils found throughout
North America north of Mexico, includes nearly 500 full-color photographs
identifying corals, trilobites, shells, teeth, bones, as well as fossil-bearing
rocks and outcrop formations. The descriptive text includes information
on size, geological period, geographical distribution, and ecology of
the animal or plant before it was fossilized. In addition, the book provides
lists of Geological Survey offices and major fossil collections, a geological
time chart, and a guide to collecting and preserving fossils.
Also included are 33 color photographs of fossil-bearing rocks and outcrop
formations plus 15 maps. More than 700 fossils are covered, 420 of them
in full detail (4"x 7 1/2").