Our team took a
survey of our 4th and 6th grade students. Our goal was to
see what kids knew about
gemstones before and after
they had studied them. In our school, the fourth grade
didn't have their unit on rocks and minerals yet, and the sixth
graders had it in fourth and fifth grade.
We found that many students collected rocks or
minerals at some time in their lives. These collections
were usually kept in boxes, bags, or on furniture in their
rooms. Most of the time the kids didn't try to find out
what kinds of rocks they had in their collections. They
didn't seem to have a good way to display their 'finds'.
Visit our rock and mineral collecting page for ideas on how to
start your collection!
One question asked the students to identify the
rocks or minerals that they would recognize if they saw them in
their driveways. We were interested to see that Halite was
not a recognizable word to them because very few kids
said they would know it if they saw it. Halite's common
name is salt. We thought this was kind of funny.
When it came to birthstones,
an equal number of the 4th graders both knew and
didnít know which ones were theirs. When the students took the
survey, some of them thought that they knew what their
birthstone was, but when we compared their birth month to their
choice, we found
out that a lot of them were wrong!
The last conclusion that
we drew from our survey was that mostly all of the students in
the 4th and 6th grade think that the study
of rocks and minerals is a good subject. We hope that our website
helps kids across the world and that they end up liking mining
as much as we do!