DonorsChoose.org is a website where K-12 teachers post projects that they would like to have funded and anyone anywhere can provide support. Many of these teachers would like to have materials to help them teach about rocks and minerals. Here are three projects that might appeal to you.
““Iris Agate” is a name used for a finely-banded agate that produces a spectacular display of color when it is cut properly and illuminated from a direction that sends light through its very thin bands.”
Since 1972 the “Roadside Geology” series has provided introductory information on the geology of states and small regions of the United States.
The books provide a combination of maps, travel logs, photos and commentary for the geology that can be seen along highways or visited at parks and public viewing areas. They are popular with geologists, teachers, students and others who are interested in the Earth.
“The Center for Geoscience Education and Public Understanding at the American Geosciences Institute has released a landmark report on the status of Earth Science education in U.S. middle and high schools, describing in detail significant gaps between identified priorities and lagging practice.” Quoted from the AGI press release.
You will not believe the music that these kids can make with instruments fashioned out of barrels, boxes, pipes and wires picked from a trash dump in Paraguay. This is only connected to geology by its “waste disposal” theme, but you will be impressed.
Earth science teaching materials are often not available in K-12 classrooms. Schools simply do not have the budget to provide them. When that happens, students miss an educational opportunity. DonorsChoose.org is a website where you can go to help teachers obtain the materials that they need to teach hands-on science.
Earth Science Week 2013 Toolkits are available for advance orders now! The kit contains everything you need to prepare for Earth Science Week (October 13-19, 2013), which celebrates the theme “Mapping Our World.” Quoted from the AGI announcement.
– Geologic Map Day: Celebrate on October 18
– “Visiting Geoscientists” Make Impact on Students
– Switch Energy Project DVD in 2013 Toolkit
– EarthScope Speaker Series Explores Quakes, Eruptions
– PDF Guide Ensures “No Child Left Inside”
– More Geoscience Resources in Spanish and English
– New Report Highlights Remote Sensing Imagery
If you are planning a summer trip you might be able to stop at a great mineral museum along the way. The-Vug.com has a large list of museums that feature mineral exhibits. The list also includes related tours and places of interest.
“The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) [...] offers many education materials and opportunities for science teachers and students at all grade levels. Their online “Teacher Friendly Guide” gives brief geologic histories of every region of the United States. Also available online are photos and descriptions of the museum’s fossil collections.” Quoted from the Earth Science Week Newsletter.
Earth Science Week 2013 Toolkits are available for advance orders now! The kit contains everything you need to prepare for Earth Science Week (October 13-19, 2013), which celebrates the theme “Mapping Our World.” Quoted from the American Geosciences Institute announcement.
Geology.com and RockTumbler.com are both GeoShops.com websites.
Lots of people enjoy going to fee mining sites where you can prospect inactive surface mines, mine tailings, soil, sediments or outcrops and keep any rocks, gems, minerals or fossils that you find. Examples include: Herkimer Diamond Mines where you can search for doubly-terminated quartz crystals, and Crater of Diamonds where you might be lucky enough to find a real diamond.