Every Rock Has A Story is a YouTube video series created by Prof. Ethan Baxter, Dept. of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Boston College. They were created during the COVID-19 crisis to help parents and teachers bring the wonder and excitement of our Earth and Environment into online curriculum.
Each 5-10 minute video features a rock, and the story it tells. These stories span all of Earth's interconnected systems including climate, the oceans, tectonics, the deep earth, Earth history, water, environment, human impacts, mining, energy, outer space, and more. Many also include life lessons about the scientific method, curiosity, asking questions, observation, and learning from our mistakes. The videos are geared towards a K-4 audience, but are fun and appropriate for all ages. They have been endorsed and promoted by the National Science Foundation, the American Geophysical Union, the Mineralogical Society of America, and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.
Prof. Baxter has also created a Teachers & Parents Guide (on YouTube) to help you navigate the 44 videos and select those that have the right content for your needs. The link can be found below.
Prof. Baxter has given over 100 invited lectures about his research around the world and classroom presentations for K-12 audiences in his local area to over 3000 students and educators. He is passionate about sharing the stories and wonders of the earth with our young learners as told by rocks and minerals. His goal is to provide a resource to help parents and teachers inspire wonder, curiosity, responsibility, and confidence in our young learners. To learn more about Ethan, please visit his personal website.
Use the links below to find the YouTube Channel and the Parents & Teachers Guide.