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Every Rock Has A Story - YouTube Series for K-4

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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.

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Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth's resources and environment.
Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and that their uses affect the environment.
Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and that their uses affect the environment.
Describe and graph the amounts of salt water and fresh water in various reservoirs to provide evidence about the distribution of water on Earth.
Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.
Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.
Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.
Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.
Obtain information to identify where water is found on Earth and that it can be solid or liquid.
Obtain information to identify where water is found on Earth and that it can be solid or liquid.
Describe and graph the amounts of salt water and fresh water in various reservoirs to provide evidence about the distribution of water on Earth.
Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans.
Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans.
Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly.
Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly.
Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation.
Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation.
Analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago.
Analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago.

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