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Course_thumb Spot that Rock: sorting rocks the scientific way Course
Earth Science Education Unit (ESEU)

‘Spot that rock’ leads you step by step through a series of investigative practical activities that will allow you to teach pupils to investigate and sort most rocks from first principles (and distinguish them yourself). These methods can then be used on a series of unknown rocks. The activities not only explain why rocks have the characteristics that they do, but also what this means in the development of the... (read more)

Free (Duration: 90 minutes)


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Spot that Rock

Expected learning outcomes:

Participants will be able to:

  • sort rocks according to basic principles
  • describe how key properties of rocks can be used in their identification
  • approach Earth science more effectively through a 'How science works' context
  • teach rock identification with greater confidence and more variety than previously


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