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704.372.6261 x300

Uncover the differences between rocks and minerals and learn about the rock cycle. Classify rocks based on their composition and investigate the processes that create them. Test different mineral properties, uncover how they are formed, and learn about mold, cast and trace fossils.


Major Concepts to Be Explored:

  • Participants will explore the properties of rocks and minerals.
  • Participants will learn about the different kinds of fossils.


Essential Standards:

4.E.2.1, 4.E.2.2, 4.P.2.2, 4.P.2.3


Goals of the Class:

Provide an understanding of the differences between rocks and minerals


Class Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand the difference between rocks and minerals
  • Understand different properties of minerals
  • Test minerals in order to identify them
  • Compare different types of fossils
  • Explore the rock cycle


Methods and Activities:

  • A Discovery Place educator will engage participants with an exciting mix of demonstrations, hands-on experiments and eye-catching visual displays.
  • Students will work in cooperative groups to explore different properties of minerals and identify minerals based on those properties.
  • Students will explore the rock cycle and understand how they are formed.


Key Vocabulary:

Mineral, Rock, Igneous, Sedimentary, Metamorphic, Luster, Cleavage, Fossil

Call to Book

704.372.6261 x300
  • Grade 4
  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • $14.50 per student (includes Museum admission)
  • Minimum 15 students