Rock Collection
Display Your Rocks

At the Museum, many rocks are on display from all kinds of places. They might be organized by where they were found, what they’re made of, or even type of rock.

Now it’s your turn to display the rocks you found.


What You'll Need

The Materials
  • Containers to hold rocks. Here are a few ideas— choose the materials that fit your needs:
    • 1 shoe box or other large box
    • Assortment of small boxes or containers (such as a small store box, a paper clip box, or a film canister)
    • Empty egg carton and scissors
    • Clear plastic tray with small dividers (you can find these at hardware or home stores)
  • Clear plastic wrap (optional)
The Materials

What To Do

1

In Step #2, you organized your rocks into groups. Arrange the rocks on a table, placing them together in their groups.

In Step #2, you  organized your rocks into  groups. Arrange the rocks  on a table, placing them  together in their groups.
2

Place each group of rocks into small boxes or containers. You could also put your rocks in the holes of an egg carton. Use scissors to cut out the number of holes you need. Now put your small boxes into a large box like a shoebox.

Place each group of rocks into  small boxes or containers.  You could also put your rocks  in the holes of an egg carton.  Use scissors to cut out the  number of holes you need.  Now put your small boxes  into a large box like a  shoebox.
3

If you're using a clear plastic tray or container with dividers, just put your rocks into each section.

If youâre using a clear plastic  tray or container with  dividers, just put your rocks  into each section.
4

You can make your display labels in different ways.

  • Cut an index card in half or quarters, then fold and write on the pieces and tuck them into the boxes for “standing” labels.
  • Or, you can write on one big piece of index card for each of the sections.

You can make your display labels in different ways. Cut an index card in half or quarters, then fold and write  on the pieces and tuck them  into the boxes for Or, you can write on one big  piece of index card for each  of the sections.
5

If you're using a shoebox, cut a large hole in the box cover and cover it with plastic wrap.

If you're using a shoebox, cut a large hole in the box cover and cover it with plastic wrap. If you're using a shoebox, cut a large hole in the box cover and cover it with plastic wrap.


Try This!
Can you identify the rocks you found? Check out the booklist for some field guides to help.