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Geology for the Little Ones in National Geographic Kids First Big Book of Rocks, Minerals, and Shells

Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

A Treasure of the Earth's Rocks, Shells, and Minerals for Young Geologists

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Engaging Book for Young Geologists

National Geographic Kids has published a wealth of stunning photos and information in its Little Kids First Big Book of Rocks, Minerals, and Shells for young children who are interested in geology. Moira Rose Donohue collaborated with National Geographic Kids Publications to publish this comprehensive book of the earth's treasures. Children enjoy rock collecting and children who have experience with visiting beaches also enjoy collecting shells. This book will engage all children who are interested in learning about our earth's treasures.

The book is divided into chapters that cover information about the variety or rocks, shells, and the minerals that can be found in the earth. Questions about how rocks and minerals were formed, where rocks, minerals, and shells can be found, and suggestions for using this book are included in the text. The text is written in large print that children will find easy to read.

The large variety of rocks to be found around the world is featured in Chapter 2. Names of rocks and a map to discover the locations of these rocks is of interest. a chart of the rock cycle in rock formation is part of this chapter. Children can test their knowledge of the information that is featured by using the Map Fun to match rocks and fascinating formations and buildings from rocks around the world.

Children are not as familiar with minerals found in the earth, and Chapter 3 introduces the world of minerals to future geologists. Minerals come in a rainbow of colors and children will have fun categorizing the minerals into color groups.

Chapter 4 introduces children to the world of shells. A map with a matching activity is part of learning about these fascinating shells.

Tools that a geologist uses are featured. There is a comprehensive glossary of vocabulary that is part of a geologist's world. The publication also contains a list of additional resources with books and websites for furthur learning about geology.

Parents who are homeschooling will appreciate the chapter of Parent Tips for using this book.

Little Kids First Big Book of Rocks, Minerals, and Shells was published by National Geographic Kids Publications and has an ISBN of 978-1-4263-7222-3.

National Geographic's Signature Photos Feature Our Earth's Stunning Treasures

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Bring Geology Into Your Classroom or Homeschool Curriculum

National Geographic Kids Publication Little Kids First Big Book of Rocks, Minerals, and Shells is perfect for your science curriculum for the entire school year. Each chapter can be used on its own as part or your curriculum.

Begin your study with the study of rocks. Many children already collect rocks and this book will add to thier knowledge about the rocks of the earth. Invite children to bring their rock collection to class. Children will also be inspired to begin a collection if they have not collected rocks before. Use the questions in the blocks throughout the chapter for discussions. Have a globe available to use along with the map that is included in the text to show locations of the variety of rocks.

Minerals will be fascinating to children because of all of the rich colors that they come in. Minerals also come in all shapes. Pyrite is a cube-shaped mineral. The chapter includes an interactive question for children to name other cube-shaped objects. This is only one example of the types of interactive questions that will spark learning.

Make a collection of the tools that geologists use in their work.

The section of Parent Tips is a wealth of activities that children can participate in while studying the geologic treasures that we find from our earth. Observation skills, writing skills, motor skills, and arts and crafts skills are all part of the Parent Tips.

This is a special book to add to your science education curriculum.

© 2021 Cindy Hewitt

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