Third Grade Investigations
Rocks and Minerals
photos from John Betts Mineral Page
If you want to study about the geology of our amazing Earth look here:
- Welcome to our Earth be sure and read the other links
- What On Earth Is Soil? good information about dirt vs. soil
- The Earth's Interior and Surface is a site from NASA with lots of places to go to find out more about our Earth
- The Earth's Center
If you want to investigate about the formation of rocks and minerals look here:
- The Rock Cycle a great diagram to study
- What kind of rock do I have? look at some rocks up close
- Rock Key here's some ways to tell what type of rock you have.
- Rock Identifier clues for identifying rocks
- What is a rock? What is a mineral? What's the difference?
- Minerals - learn more about how they are special
- Mineral Pictures Institute lots and lots of pictures of minerals; click on a picture to see it up close
- Mineral Images hundreds of minerals; click on the name and wait for a large picture to load
- Birthstones find your birthstone and read facts about it
- The homepage Gems has more facts.
- Another birthstone page
If you want to investigate about amazing and destructive powers within our Earth look here:
Savage Earth: Restless Planet - from PBS with a lot of information and places to go; have an adult help you find the best links
- Earthquake Legends- how some cultures explained earthquakes
- Earthquake pictures
- Earthquake facts
- Why do they happen?
For Fun or More Study
- Geo-Mysteries three mysteries to solve about rocks and minerals(from the Children's Museum in Indianapolis).
- Fun Rock and Minerals Activitiesfrom Junior Think Quest
- The Adventures of Mineral Man and Rockhound lots of great information written by students in Atlanta, GA.
- Lots of pictures on the GEO GALLERY!