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Stories in Stone - Stories in Stone is a hands-on activity book for grades 4-9 developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California. The 8 study sessions outlined in Stories in Stone helps students learn how rocks and minerals are formed by observing physical and chemical properties.

  • Session 1: Students learn about some of the properties of rocks and minerals.
  • Session 2: Learn the difference between a rock and a mineral.
  • Session 3: Learn about crystalline structure of rocks and minerals by making models of them.
  • Sessions 4 - 6: The origins of the three types of rocks.
  • Session 7: Use clay to make a model of the rock cycle.
  • Session 8: Students use their new knowledge to separate rocks from minerals and to determine if rocks are igneous, metamorphic or sedimentary in origin.

Stories in Stone Classroom Kit - Includes:
  • Stories in Stone (item# B600)
  • 32 magnifying lenses
  • 100 rock and mineral samples including 10 pieces each of basalt, conglomerate, galena, granite, halite, obsidian, quartz crystals, schist, shale and slate; enough for 10 work groups of students.
You save $10 off the regular price of the components of the kit if purchased separately. Click on the kit photo to take a look.

Stories in Stone Single Student Kit - Includes:
  • Stories in Stone (item# B600)
  • 1 magnifying lense
  • 10 rock and mineral samples - 1 piece each of basalt, conglomerate, galena, granite, halite, obsidian, quartz crystals, schist, shale and slate.

How the Earth Works Book and Specimens - Through 60 engrossing games, activities, and experiments, earth science comes alive for children ages 6 to 9.
  • Core sample a cupcake
  • Discover plate tectonics by floating graham cracker continents on a molten mantle of molasses
  • Learn how heat changes rocks by seeing how separate ingredients disappear when you bake Rice Krispie Treats
  • What causes earthquakes
  • What kinds of buildings resist their force
  • Grow sugar and salt crystals
  • Fossilize plastic insects
  • Model a variety of volcanoes

Eight of the activities are tasty as well as informative. Silly songs help children remember new words and concepts. One of the most important things for parents to know about this book is that before the book was published, all the projects were tested in homes and schools to make sure they are safe, effective, and fun.

For those who already have a copy of this wonderful book, a set of rock, mineral, fossil and crystal specimens referred to in the book can be purchased separately below.


How the Earth Works Specimens ONLY - Rocks included in this set are limestone, sandstone, obsidian, granite, shale, slate, pumice and marble. Minerals are talc, apatite, hematite, pyrite, lodestone and mica. Crystals are optical calcite, quartz crystal and amethyst. Fossils include a shark tooth, amber, an ammonite, a snail, dinosaur bone, dinosaur egg shell, a trilobite and a belemnite. A magnifying glass is also included. $25.00

Rocks, Minerals and Gems Stereogram Book - Don't have an actual rock specimen to look at? This book is the answer. Used in combination with our stereoscope (sold separately -item A110 - on our supplies page, the photos of rock, mineral and gem specimens will jump off the page. The 64 page 8.5" x 11" soft cover book also features stereo photos of lunar rocks and the six crystal systems. $20.00

Rocks, Minerals and Gems Stereogram Book With Stereoscope - Everything you need to view the specimens pictured in stereo. $25.00

Rocks and Minerals Coloring Book - A Dover Coloring Book by T.D. Burns. Hobbyists, collectors, and kid who like to color will enjoy this 48 page, 8.5 x 11 publication. Learn about 36 different rocks and minerals with illustrations of smoky quartz, amethyst, malachite, emerald, celestite, crazy lace agate, aragonite, garnet, and many more. Informative captions are included and full-color versions of each illustration are included on the cover for reference.

We have a limited number of these we purchased at a special price. There may not be any more at this price so order NOW! To purchase specimens see our Individual Specimens list.
$ 3.75

"Out of the Rock" Book - (grades K-8) - 226 pages. Full Color cover; B/W contents. A ready to use, hands-on integrated learning guide on topics such as rocks, minerals, mining, geology, the environment, and economics. The guide comes with a CD which has supplementary activities and background information. Other features of the CD include selected songs from the Rock Music CD, student handouts, and samples of NEF posters, National Science Standard listings for grades K-8, and additional student activities. Full Color cover; B/W contents. We can also supply the rocks and minerals to go with the activities. $19.95

"Out of the Rock" Video - a 30-minute video produced by the US Bureau of Mines. How rocks and minerals are formed; how we look for them, mine them, use and recycle them. Also discusses environmental effects of extracting minerals from the earth. $10.00