Now that I’m most of the way through teaching my Rocks and Minerals block in sixth grade, I have a few more great resources to share.
First, is an oldie but goodie called All About Rocks and Minerals by Anne Terry White. This book gives a nice bit of background about some of the important people in geology. It’s always nice to have a good resource for biographies and this is definitely one of those. I’ve particularly appreciated it for giving us some imaginative content to write about in our main lesson books.
Next is another old one called Earth’s Adventures by Carroll Lane Fenton. This book tells the history of the earth, rocks and minerals in a very readable story form. A child could easily pick up this book and read it through, thoroughly enjoying it. It’s always nice to have a resource that livens things up a bit.
The third resource that I’ve spent the weekend reading is called The Restless Northwest by Hill Williams. Williams has such a good, imaginative understanding of the landscape of the Northwest and he does a fantastic job of describing the evolution of this area with rich metaphors and imagery. It is an adult book, but I found it thoroughly enjoyable to read.
These, combined with a good textbook for factual information, will make your Rocks and Minerals block a fantastic imaginative, yet factual, experience.
One note about books, I decided a couple of years ago that I was going to just purchase the books that I needed for teaching myself. Ever since making this decision I have been grateful to have the resources that I’ll need to teach and I have happily shared them with colleagues. Fortunately books can be had pretty affordably on Amazon and if you choose your resources wisely it should break the bank. If you’re a homeschooler and will use them for multiple children, it is particularly worth the investment.