Preparing your homeschool students for their annual science fair projects doesn’t have to be boring. There are many fun activities that you can complete as a class that will excite them about their project topic and that will teach them valuable science concepts that they will be able to use during their science education. The following activities are for students that want to complete science fair projects on how rocks decay.
Activity #1 – Field Trip
A great activity to complete with students interested in doing science fair projects on how rocks decay is to take them field trips. These field trips will be to local geological features where your students will be able to see the decomposition or weathering of rocks. Highways that cut through mountains or that pass by cliffs are great options, as they usually have debris piles that students can examine and take samples from.
Activity #2 – Go to a Natural History Museum
A natural history museum is another great place to learn about the decay of rocks. Also here your students will be able to see samples, and possibly even be allowed to participate in hands on activities with the museum’s geology curator. Talk to the museum ahead of time to see what activities are available for students interested in geology.
Activity #3 – Rock Samples
Another great way to explore how rocks decay is to provide your students with rock samples that are in various stages of decay. Allowing students to manipulate the materials in their hands will give them the opportunity to really examine the physical effects of erosion and other decay processes.
Activity #4 – Conduct In-class experiments
As you get closer to setting your homeschool students free to start their own science fair projects you will want to conduct some in-class experiments. These experiments and demonstrations can examine how slope, moisture, heat and pressure all impact how rocks decay. You can also use these activities to teach your students about the steps in the scientific method.