Is that weird tidbit you heard science fact or science false? As part of scientific literacy, we want kids to think critically about what they hear and be able to tell research whether it is the real deal or a pile of myths.
Is it a fact or myth?
Pick one of these statements about rocks to investigate and declare it FACT or MYTH!
- We use rocks every day to live and survive
- Rocks and minerals are the same thing
- Print the Fact or Myth sheet
- Present the statement
- ONLY use the provided resources and helps if the kids are really stuck
- Discuss with the kids what they’ve found!
- Fill in the “prediction” portion of the Fact or Myth sheet first
- Investigate the statement
- List your sources and fill in the “reality” portion of the Fact or Myth sheet
Fact or Myth ANSWERS
The kids need to have the skills to research the truth behind these statements but we’ve put together a little cheat sheet for you parents 😉 You can use the resources below to nudge the kids in the right direction if they need it.
These are all online resources but we also suggest you hit your local library to find books on the same subject and search for answers there too.
We use rocks every day to live and survive – FACT
- Rocks of Our Lives activity – our activity from this unit that addresses this very thing!
- Rocks and Minerals: Everyday Uses from the Museum of Natural and Cultural History at University of Oregon – a neat article that gives insight on how rocks and minerals are used on a regular basis.
- Rock and Mineral Uses from Rocks and Minerals
- What if We Run Out of Minerals? from How Stuff Works – interesting article about what minerals are and if we can ever really run out of them
Rocks and minerals are the same thing – MYTH
- What is the difference between a rock and a mineral? from U.S. Geological Survey
- Minerals and Rocks from Metropolitan Community College – a guide to what minerals and different types of rocks are
- Minerals and Rocks – Geological Building Blocks from Hong Kong Geology