The Creative Arts & Sciences Committee brings an exciting, hands-on science program to Cabot 4th graders.
This program helps students identify different types of rocks and their characteristics. A Powerpoint presentation explains the difference between rocks and minerals and igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. Then groups of students are asked to identify the characteristics of rocks by taking their rock to different stations to do “testing.”
Stations: 1. Students view their rock in a microscope and are asked to observe if their rock has many or few pieces; 2. Students observe how hard their rock is by trying to scratch glass with it; 3. Students observe if the rock has layers; 4. Students observe which minerals are in their rock; 5. Students observe if acid affects their rock. Each group of students takes notes on their findings and report to the class.
The class then works together to identify the rock.