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Free rock and specimen kits and training - Book now!

10 Apr 2019

The Geoscience Pathways Project presents:
 

FREE ROCK AND MINERAL SPECIMEN KITS

Free class sets of hand specimens for up to 20 students, comprising 280 specimens and designed to meet the requirements of SACE Stage 1 and Stage 2 Earth and Environmental Science, (EES). (See details on the below).

Strictly only one kit will be provided per school, on application  

These kits, valued at $500, will be equally useful for teachers of the Year 8 Australian Science Curriculum, Rocks and Minerals topic.

Kits will be built according to demand, on a first come-first served basis, with priority given to:

  1. Schools that are currently teaching EES, or planning to offer it next year.
  2. Schools that are members of the Geoscience Pathways Project (Membership is FREE)
  3. Schools with teachers registered to attend the following accredited PD workshops.

Kelly Sharrad will present the following two workshops. Kelly is a highly qualified teacher and previous a geologist, currently a Maths/Science Coordinator at Open Access College, an experienced EES teacher and a co-author of the SACE Stage 1 and 2 SACE EES subject outline.

WORKSHOP 1: MINERAL IDENTIFICATION for teachers of EES

Wednesday 7th August, from 4:30 pm – 7: 30 pm at the Marden Senior College Geology Lab

In this workshop teachers will be guided by Kelly in the pedagogy, knowledge and skills required to identify minerals outlined in SACE EES. Teachers will be given resources (PowerPoints) that will outline the main mineral identification techniques that can be used in their classrooms to support the students in this process. This is a hands on workshop with a quick introduction from Kelly. A majority of the workshop will be spent with teachers learning how to identify minerals.

Book now: https://www.trybooking.com/BCDGF

WORKSHOP 2: ROCK CLASSIFICATION for teachers of EES

Wednesday 14th August, from 4:30 pm – 7: 30 pm at the Marden Senior College Geology Lab

In this workshop teachers will be guided by Kelly in the pedagogy, knowledge and skills required to identify rocks outlined in SACE EES. Teachers will be given resources (PowerPoints) that will outline the main rock identification techniques that can be used in their classrooms to support the students in this process. This is a hands on workshop with a quick introduction from Kelly. A majority of the workshop will be spent with teachers learning how to identify rocks.

Book now: https://www.trybooking.com/BCDGN

The workshops and rock and mineral kits are free, but prior registration (also free) is required before 24th July.

The associated SA curriculum content is shown in italics below

In Stage 1 EES students:

  • Discuss the limitations of using criteria to categorise substances as minerals. .
  • Identify common rock-forming minerals by observing their properties.
  • Discuss how the uses of minerals are related to their properties.

Possible Contexts:

  • Investigate properties such as colour, streak, cleavage, hardness, lustre, density, magnetism, and reaction to dilute hydrochloric acid.
  • Identify minerals such as quartz, feldspar, biotite, muscovite, calcite, augite, and clay minerals (kaolinite).
  • Identify hand specimens of minerals and metallic ores
  • Classify rocks as one of igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic by identification of their characteristic minerals and texture.
  • Describe the processes that form igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks.

In Stage 2 EES students:

  • Identify metallic ores, using their physical and chemical properties.

Possible Contexts:

  • Identify minerals such as chalcopyrite, haematite, magnetite, galena, sphalerite, rutile, gold, bauxite, graphite, and copper and uranium minerals.

Year 8 Earth and Space

Sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks contain minerals and are formed by processes that occur within Earth over a variety of timescales.

Elaborations:

  • exploring the traditional geological knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples that is used in the selection of different rock types for different purposes
  • representing the stages in the formation of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks, including indications of timescales involved
  • identifying a range of common rock types using a key based on observable physical and chemical properties
  • recognising that rocks are a collection of different minerals
  • considering the role of forces and energy in the formation of different types of rocks and minerals  
  • recognising that some rocks and minerals, such as ores, provide valuable resources

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