Table of Contents of Binder-Text for Earth Science Outside – Rocks and Minerals – Wasatch Front.

MATERIALS FOR SUMMER 2013 (will change minimally in 2014)

Note: This DRAFT material is under construction. It works well-enough for a hands-on course. Suggestions are appreciated. Use with professional courtesy, meaning, it’s fine to copy and reference these materials for your classroom use. Credit their primary source, much of which is ESE generated (e.g., source = accessed ___, 201x) but some of which is not (e.g., source = Hintze, 2005). Put differently, please do not give me credit for material that is not mine but use this material in your classrooms to share a love of Earth science with your students. 


Here’s a table that will give clues to what the workshop covers and access to workshop materials.


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Purpose and clues to utility


Cover page for loose-leaf binder –

Traditional Rock Cycle.

This graphic is your coaching sheet. If you understand this chart and commit it to memory, you’ll have mastered the rock cycle and will lead a more confident life… acc. Dr Atwood.

Narratives – a few examples from former years.

Your final project will be your work. Here are some ideas of how to tell the story of a few places in Salt Lake County. I look forward to yours.


Summary – 12 pages about the Rock Cycle

Course summarized in one page; and summarized in 12 pages. Teach the rock cycle and you will teach science. 


Loose-leaf Text – DRAFT –

Day 1 – pdf 1 – 34 = Chapters 1 – 3 of text. Intro to Rocks. Minerals.

Day 2 – pdf 34 – 42. The Rock Cycle

Day 3 – pdf 43 – 79. Chapters 6 – 8 of text. Connect observations to rock cycle narratives.

Glossary – pdf 80 – 89.

We’ll march through much of this in class, specifically, every single page of The Rock Cycle (Day 2)


After this course, a teacher should be able to teach the science of the rock cycle even if the teacher is not able to identify the rock or its minerals by names. The rock cycle is the science.

Not Posted July 7… but I will try to get this on the web.

DRAFT – Rock Cycle Game “answers”

Day 5 is the day to review rocks and minerals, specifically the 4 products (sediments, sedimentary bedrock, metamorphic bedrock, and igneous bedrock) and the 4 processes (sedimentation, lithification, metamorphism, and melting/crystallization). DRAFT game, posted by request. 

Field Trip Info --

Because the Rio Tinto – Kennecott Utah Copper Mine visitor center is closed due to the massive slide over a year ago, there is no MP3 – pdf about the mine.

Lucky us! We’ll have a tour to the inactive Barney’s Canyon Mine. Here’s some limited info about it.