"Take chances! Make mistakes! Get messy!" --Ms. Frizzle

"Take chances! Make mistakes! Get messy!" --Ms. Frizzle

Monday, June 10, 2013

Rock Excavation Project

Geneva received a rock excavation kit from her dear Auntie Kristen as a birthday present. It lasted two days  in its box before Geneva decided we simply must find out what was encased in that cube of clay. I'll admit, I was feeling the same way. With a little help from a dear friend and neighbor Geneva was able to remove and clean all of the rocks hidden inside. It took about an hour, and she stuck with it. We got to talk about what a real geologist, paleontologist, or archaeologist might do while digging, and wondered if they ever encountered the same problems that we did. Overall, the project was a huge success, and we have even decided to make our own excavation kit using quick-drying clay and whatever treasures we feel like hiding inside.

After completing the rock excavation project, Geneva wrote this letter to Kristen. Kristen, I hope you don't mind me sharing it with the whole wide web!

Dear Auntie K,

I thought I would have a hard time doing this, and I did, 'cause I had to chisel these rocks out and I couldn't do it by myself, so I used Haelo's help. I thought I would find a diamond, but I didn't. I thought I would find five, and I did! I thought I would find blue, black, brown, and purple. That was a great experiment! My favorite part was when I popped the rocks out. Then I washed them, and used the brush and chisel. Haelo brought a gold rock over to her house. I kept some rocks. I don't know their names. I call them Earth Rock, Beautiful Diamond, Everyone, and Tall Rock, 'cause this one is tall. I loved it. Thank you.


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