This week in science we are continuing to learn about rocks specifically exploring how and why rocks change over time. If you wish to support your children's learning at home why not try working on some of the activities listed below.
1) Visit the website http://www.learner.org/interactives/rockcycle/change3.html and watch the animations detailing weathering and erosion and compacting and cementing. Discuss the animations with your child and see if they can explain how the fragmentation of rocks occurs and how sediment is pressed together to form sedimentary rock.
2) Visit your garden or the local park and find a small amount of stones (up to ten). Place the rocks in a container with a water-tight lid. Fill the container with water and put the lid on tightly. Shake the container whilst counting up to one hundred. When finished, sieve the contents of the container into a second container so the rocks are in the sieve and the water will be in another container. Discuss any changes that you notice to the rocks and to the water. Discuss with your child their understanding of the scientific term "erosion".
Attached to this blog post are some photographs of Geologist Noman who has been busy exploring and discovered an interesting variety of rocks which he discussed with 3M on Monday afternoon,
Keep enjoying being geologists children of year three!
Miss Alldred and Mr Campbell
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