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up-close investigation of rocks

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Grade Level:
Second Grade
Earth Science
National/State Standards:
Utah Integrated Core Curruculum Topic, Standard Three: Students will develop an understanding of their environment. Objective Three: Investigate the properties and the uses of rocks.
sedimentary rocks, stone tools, erosion, minerals, Biological Soil Crust, deposition


Students explore a few rocks and minerals of the area. They investigate how sandstone was formed and experiment with erosion to demonstrate how local landforms are the result of sand and rock being removed. Students explore biological soil crust, and search for clues to discover how we use rocks compared to the people who lived here in ancient times.