Digging Into Rocks and Minerals

Image of a blue geode with a small, smooth blue gem.Rocks and Minerals come in all different colors and are found all around the world, but the most interesting rocks and minerals are found in Mrs. McLaughlin’s classroom, at Chickering School. When we went behind the scenes of rocks and minerals we learned it was more than just rocks and minerals by getting all the answers from Mrs. McLaughlin, our science teacher.

All the science units are about seven weeks long or 14 lessons. Fourth grade students meet two times a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:45am, for science class.

Mrs. McLaughlin was a science major in college and her favorite subject was Rocks and Minerals. She took a course and studied a lot! She started thinking about being a teacher. She found a job at Chickering Elementary School in Dover, and she choose to be the science teacher for Rocks and Minerals. Being excited, she reviewed the content for the new science unit.

Geology is also taught in 7th grade at the Middle School. The large, white rock, with multiple, tiny holesRocks and Minerals unit leads easily into the study of Geology. Since the Earth is always changing, there are always new things to learn about rocks and minerals.

She loves how the students work together and share their observations. Pupils are very lucky to observe Rocks and Minerals close up and see all the cool colors, shapes and other exciting characteristics about Rocks and Minerals. Mrs. McLaughlin is waiting for the kids to become Geologists. She hopes children love rocks and minerals just as much as she does.

Mrs. McLaughlin does not find it hard to teach the unit. She actually sometimes thinks that she has to stop herself from teaching too much! Plus, her students already come in with a lot of knowledge of Rocks and Minerals that has made it even easier for her to teach the unit.

Bumpy rock with little, smooth rocks stuck to it. Also two smooth, shiny minerals.There are always new things to learn and discover with Rocks and Minerals. The best teacher for digging into Rocks and Minerals is Mrs. McLaughlin.  Lets dig into rocks and minerals!




Reported by Abby, Bethany, and Ryan

7 thoughts on “Digging Into Rocks and Minerals

  1. What a great article! You’re really lucky to have a rock and mineral expert right at Chickering. I’m curious about the collection in Mrs. McLaughlin’s classroom. Which ones do you find the most interesting?

  2. How cool! Really nice article, seems like you all really enjoyed writing this. Good job working together on this. I especially like the pictures you chose.

  3. Hi Bethany, Ryan and Abby!

    Thank you for sharing this information about the fourth grade science unit and Mrs. McLaughlin. We are very fortunate to have a teacher with this passion! What is your favorite rock or mineral?

  4. Great Job guys! I hope you had fun working together. Rocks and minerals is Mrs. McLaughlin favorite unit, what is your favorite science unit?

  5. Hey girls — super fantastic and wonderful job. Interesting information. Way to go! I always thought rocks were boring, until now!

  6. I really like this report because it shows Mrs Mclaughlin’s backstory and what she is teaching, the sincerity and sense of professionalism and detail you put in some sections is fantastic.
    Although It would make the report a little better if you included what rocks and minerals Mrs Mclaughlin mainly taught about, and explain her teaching style.
    The story was still great and I am curious to see what you guys have planned next.
    from, Aidan

  7. Wow! I thought that your blog was very well written out. I like how you included Mrs. McLaughlin’s background and wrote a quick paragraph about science in general so that people who weren’t from Chickering knew about that. Your writing was really creative!
    One thing I would change was when you said “…sometimes thinks that she has to stop herself from teaching too much!” I thought you could’ve maybe delved a little deeper into that. Why? What provokes that?
    Otherwise, your blog was very informative and fun to read! I can’t wait to read more of your blogs (and maybe watch an Animoto or two!)

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