Featured Activity Kit: Sedimentary Rock Collection

The Sedimentary Rock Collection kit is useful for those who want to make learning about earth sciences fun and hands-on for their students. Recommended for grades 3 and up, the kit contains 12 labelled sedimentary rock specimens including siltstone, sandstone, rock salt, coal, limestone, arkose, conglomerate, fossiliferous limestone, mudstone, shale, travertine, and rock gypsum. The kit also includes a full-colour identification chart, a storage tray and information guide.

The information guide makes using this kit in the classroom fun and easy! It explains what sedimentary rocks are, and provides examples for how they are formed by different types of sediment. The guide then provides a brief explanation of what each of the rock specimens is made from, how each has formed, and what they are used for in the real world. Use this kit to supplement your class notes about sedimentary rocks with the real thing! If your students seem particularly enthusiastic about rocks and rock collecting, the information guide also provides some tips and tricks to help them search for rocks to add to their own collections. Overall, this kit is great for hands-on learners and assists students with making connections between what they learn in the classroom and the physical examples available in the kit.

If you are teaching a unit or lesson on different rock formations, the Sedimentary Rock Collection kit can be used as a companion with both the Igneous Rock Collection and Metamorphic Rock Collection kits, which are also available at the OISE Library.

The Sedimentary Rock Collection kit is currently on display on the Ground Floor of the OISE Library on the coffee table near the “New Arrivals” shelf. For more information on this activity kit, and many others available in the OISE Library’s Curriculum Resources Collection, please visit the OISE Library K-12 Manipulatives Database.

About Skye Soobramanie

Graduate Student Library Assistant at OISE Library | Master of Information (LIS) 2018, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
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