You can pick up rocks just
about anywhere: in your backyard, in your neighborhood, or while on a
trip. Use a special book called a field guide to help you identify
See if you can find...
- a rock with different types
of mineral crystals in it. Minerals look like colored specks in the
rock. Each type of mineral may be a different color and shape.
- a rock with a sandy texture.
If you rub it, you can feel the grains coming off.
- a rock with horizontal layers.
- a rock with a fossil in
it. (It could be a fossil of a leaf, shell, insect, or another living
These field guides can help
you on your search:
- National Audubon Society
First Field Guide: Rocks and Minerals by Edward Ricciuti and Margaret
W. Carruthers (Scholastic Inc., 1998)
- Macmillan Field Guides:
Rocks and Minerals by Pat Bell and David Wright (Macmillan,