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Saturday, March 7 • 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Using a School Rock Garden to Teach Rocks and Minerals

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We converted a dated in-class pen and paper workbook to a hands-on learning experience that constructs students’ rock and mineral identification skills that they then apply to the school’s rock garden. The new rock garden contains more than 100 rocks and is 12x40 meters. The boulders are glacial erratics consisting of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks that are common in Michigan. Students apply their new knowledge to identify rocks in the garden and interpret their process/environment of formation. Students construct a rock cycle and connect samples to their source. A similar rock garden is possible at your school!


Ryanne Lezotte

Grand Valley State University

Stephen Mattox

Grand Valley State University

Saturday March 7, 2020 1:00pm - 1:45pm CST
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