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Rocks & Minerals

One of our artists will lead your class as we explore rocks & minerals through movement and action. We’ll beam into your class using Google Meets and lead the session for you. We’ll have a brief meeting before the first workshop to go over workshop details and answer any questions you may have.

After you check out, you will be able to pick your starting date from our calendar.

Time:  2- 75 Minute Sessions

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Geologists have a saying – rocks remember. “​

– Neil Armstrong, Astronaut

An example...

See how we act out lava bursting from a mountain

Program Outline

We use drama and movement to kinaesthetically learn about science by using our bodies to model real science concepts.

Step 1: We will teach the students the concept that we are looking at by using diagrams and videos.

Step 2: Students will have a chance to explore the concept through movement and drama – we will be animating the concept and acting it out.

Step 3: As we move through each new concept in your chosen topic, we will repeat the process of learning and acting so that the students can use their bodies to learn.

Step 4: We will provide worksheets for each topic for your students to complete either during or after our workshop sessions.


Grade 3 Alberta curriculum

Learner expectations:

  1. Compare samples of various kinds of rock, and identify similarities and differences
  2. Given a description of the properties of a particular rock or mineral, identify a sample rock or mineral that matches those properties. Properties that students should be able to describe and interpret include:
    1. Colour
    2. Lustre or “shininess”; e.g., shiny, dull, glassy, metallic, earthy
    3. Texture; e.g., rough, smooth, uneven
    4. Hardness, based on scratch tests with available materials
    5. Presence of carbonates. Note that the presence of carbonates can be tested with vinegar or another mild acid
    6. Crystal shape for minerals, or overall pattern of rocks
  3. Describe and classify a group of rocks and minerals, based upon the above properties
  4. Recognize that rocks are composed of a variety of materials; and given a coarse-grained rock and magnifier, describe some of the component materials
  5. Recognize and describe the various components within a sample of soil; e.g., clay, sand, pebbles, decaying plants; and describe differences between two different soil samples
  6. Describe ways in which rocks break down to become soil, and demonstrate one or more of these ways; e.g., by shaking a group of small, soft rocks in a jar of water; by striking rocks together Note: Safety goggles should be used
  7. Describe some common uses of rocks and minerals; and identify examples of those uses within the school, home or local community
Classroom or Group Setting:
  • Smartboard or projector or TV
  • Internet access and Google Meets
  • One computer with working microphone and webcam
  • 30 minute Meet & Greet session with your Trickster to work out details
  • Please move all chairs and desks aside to create a large open space in your room
  • Print out 1 worksheet per student
  • Willingness to provide feedback to Trickster

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What Teachers are Saying

It works because students better remember what they actually do. We can come closer to a more complete understanding of how things work by acting them out.

It enhances all student learning by providing a methodology for kinaesthetic learning.

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