Michael J. Allen

Class of 2018 - 2019

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Rocks and Minerals Links


Rocks and Minerals Website, 2014





Rock Hounds with Rocky

All kinds of cool and basic Rock information...



Rocks and Minerals 4 U

All kinds of cool and slightly more detailed Rock information...



Rocks for Kids

This is a rather 'wordy' site, and  the design needs a rethink. Nevertheless, it is an informative and useful site for you to use!



Kids Geo. com

MInerals and more!!



Rock Videos

Here are videos on the many subjects, including:

The Rock Cycle.


Identifying rocks.

Introduction to rocks and minerals.

 Physical Characteristics of rocks.

Igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.



Journey to the Center of the Earth

About 100 John F. Pattie Elementary students from three 5th grade classes participated in the creation of these pages.




Earthquakes for Kids



Earthquake Epicenters

Click on the globe to see the epicenters of nearly 2000 earthquakes mapped between 1999 and 2003…  

Dr Loopy's Blinding me with Science #9


Rocks and Minerals and the Rock Cycle with oddball Kiwi, Dr. Loopy.





Minerals in our environment!

Interactive activity from WGBH




Rock Cycle

Interactive animation from WGBH

Rock cycle 2


Rock cycle from Kids Geo.com




Geologic time  

How fossils form

Life has a history

Plate Tectonics


Geologic History of the Earth

Watch a geologic history of the earth from 600,000,000 years ago to 200,000,000 years into the future…  

Structure of the earth - tectonic plates


Rocks Website Project ideas

Following the example provided by John F. Pattie Elementary, we will start a project to design a website about Rocks and fossils. We will try to answer some of the following questions and design a site around the work we produce.

  • Design a survey of ways people use soil, sand, and rocks.  Survey family or family friends.  Graph the ways to show the frequency of each usage. Publish to the website.
  • Use clay, shells, leaves, and twigs to investigate how fossils form.  Identify and write about different types of fossils, imprints, molds and casts.
  • Collect and label 6-10 rocks.  Arrange in a display to share with the class. Photograph the collection. Write descriptions of the characteristics and origin of each rock, as far as you can tell.
  • Determine how the minerals of the ocean may be divided fairly among the countries of the world.  Write a two-minute speech to justify your plans. Record the speech.
  • Research a volcanic eruption such as Vesuvius or Mount Saint Helens.  Write a magazine article about it, as if you were an eyewitness.  Include the location of the volcano, when it erupted and other interesting facts about it.
  • Draw a diagram of the Earth's major plates. Label the Earth's major plates.  Research about and explain the concept of plate tectonics.
  • Research and explain the different ways the Earth changes as a result of natural and man-made forces and illustrate each.  Include weathering and erosion examples.
  • Research and develop a time line to illustrate the earth's geological history. Write about some of the important times in geological history.
  • Draw and research about a series of three diagrams to illustrate commonly used products which are made from rocks and minerals.
  • Design a cut-away model of the layers of the earth. Research and write about each of the layers.
  • Develop a VENN diagram to identify, compare, and contrast the three types of rocks:  Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic.  Create a graphic organizer to show the rock cycle.
  • Design podcasts on rock issues, such as how rocks form, what is erosion, etc.
  • Gather Information on the theory of Pangea.  Write about what you find. Present your findings to the class as part of the website.


MCAS Review Material

Mineral tests
Example of mineral - iron, quartz, diamond
Igneous, metamorphic, sedimentary
Rock cycle

Rock cycle 2
Structure of the earth - tectonic plates
Volcanoes and example - Mt. St. Helens


Teacher materials: