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Rocks and minerals gr.4: Rocks & Minerals

Rocks and minerals Research Guide for grade 4.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is....a rock? A mineral? A gem? After you learn the difference, click on the hyperlinks to learn more.

The FAQ's at this site are animated. P.S. You might see a sentence that reads "an error occurred..."  The site still works.


Rock Collecting

Everything you need to know about collecting rocks.

This site explains how to start a collection of rocks, stamps or coins.

This site from The Franklin Institute gives tips on rock collecting safety and also has animations showing how rocks are made. It also has a quiz and puzzles.

Brain Pop

Encyclopedia Britannica

Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia

Also includes The New Book of Popular Science.

World Book

Take a Guess!

What rock is this?

Take a Guess!
The Rosetta Stone: 2 votes (22.22%)
A moon rock: 1 votes (11.11%)
Plymouth Rock: 6 votes (66.67%)
Total Votes: 9


Destiny Catalog

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 The library has soooooo many books on rocks and minerals. Use Destiny's on-line catalog to dig up a few.

Web Links

Tour the rock cycle and test your knowledge. There is also a link to minerals at the top of the page.

This site includes a geologic timeline and a chart of rock classifications.


Click on the buttons to learn about minerals and click on the wheel to learn about the rock cycle.  Mouse over the rock buttons and watch what happens.

Facts on rocks and minerals.

Have you ever seen the quarries in Montgomery Township on Rt. 309 and on Upper State Rd.?  You can't go in those quarries but you can enter a virtual quarry by clicking the image above.


Take a look at these animations and slide shows from Scholastic's Study Jams. Use the links below.



Stone in Art

Many artists create sculptures from stone. One of the greatest artists was Michelangelo, who created works of art from marble.  Some of his most famous works include the statues of David, Moses and the Pieta. Sr. Wendy discusses the Pieta.  The Pieta shows Mary holding the body of Jesus after he was taken down from the cross.

Photo Gallery

This photo gallery has pictures of minerals and gems.

Use this website to identify the rocks you find in your neighborhood.

When I Grow Up

....I want to be a mineralogist.

Test Yourself (also known as: Games)

Help Rex solve mysteries about rocks, minerals and fossils.

What kind of rock am I?

Rock Formations

There are rocks....and then there are rock formations.  Mother Nature puts on a show!

P.S. Do not click on any ads for anything, even if it says "Free."

Rock Sculpture

Learn More!