Things to do:
Looking at Earth Rocks
1. Collect some rocks from around your house and school.
Display them on a tray or inside an egg carton. Compare
them to those that others in your class may have collected.
2. Label each rock with the location
of where you found it. Number each sample.
3. Print out and fill in the Rock
Chart to describe your rocks. Try to be as descriptive
as you can. (You can create the chart on your own paper
if you cannot print this one out.)
4. Look at each rock with and without
a magnifying lens. See what details you can see. Try to
describe what you found as you fill in your chart.
5. Classify your rocks as igneous,
sedimentary, or metamorphic. This means you need to try to
decide how your rocks were formed. You can find out about
the ways these types of rocks were formed by visiting How
Rock Were Formed at the Rock Hound site.
6. How are rocks on Earth collected?
Visit the Rock
Hound site to find out about tools that geologists on
Earth use to collect their samples.
Now Think About Moon Rocks
1. Try to predict what Moon rocks will look like.
2. Visit the Moon
Rock Collection sites and see how the Moon rocks were
collected and what some of the samples looked like.
3. What types of tools
did the astronauts use to collect rocks? This site will
help you see the tools and read a description of them. Make
a list of the tools the astronauts used. How do these tools
compare to those used an Earth? How and why are they different?
4. How do you think the different Moon rocks might have
been formed? Were they formed in the same ways as
5. Find out where the Moon rocks that the Apollo astronauts
collected are now. Take a virtual Tour of the Lunar
Sample Laboratory Facility Describe the area of the
facility that you found most interesting.
6. What do you think scientists have learned by studying
the Moon rocks? Make a list. Then
see NASA's Top
10 Scientific Discoveries to see some of the items that
NASA has identified.
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