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Your students will enter the world of geology with “Indiana Jane”!

They will learn about the intriguing components of rocks and minerals and will use their scientific minds to predict, test and record observations. The excitement builds as students become geologists and dig through a clay stone to find minerals or fossils to take home!

NEW! Unique Rocks & Minerals activity and take-home item.
Take-Home: Minerals or fossils from stone dig.

The Presenter was very well prepared and well organized, and had excellent management skills. The hands-on activities are, of course, our favourite thing. I liked how there was a balance between the kinesthetic materials and the theory/info materials.

D.G-M., Grade 3 TeacherAfton School

Our school did not have resources handy to meet the curricular outcomes of the unit. Everything was provided. Students were engaged for the entire time. Students are still excited about what they learned today.

Grade 3 TeacherAcadia School

I like how much of the curriculum we were able to cover in these two hours. All of the supplies are brought to me so I don't have to scramble around looking for materials. The kids really enjoyed the hands-on activities. Each station was organized really well.

K.D., Grade 3 TeacherHoly Spirit Sherwood Park School

This field trip was very well tied to the grade 3 curriculum and each centre had significant opportunities for hands-on learning and discussion.

S.F., Grade 3 TeacherBessie Nichols School


  • Theme: Indiana Jane trains Junior Geologists
  • Activities: Using tools, sift and examine a dirt sample, perform a calcium carbonate test, examine rock and mineral samples, perform magnetic test on a mineral, learn about sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks, dig into a clay stone to find minerals or fossils.
  • Cross-curricular connections

3.5.1: Compare samples of various kinds of rock, and identify similarities and differences.

3.5.3: Describe and classify a group of rocks and minerals, based upon the following properties:

  • Colour
  • Luster
  • Texture
  • Hardness
  • Presence of Carbonates

3.5.5: Recognize and describe the various components within a sample of soil; e.g., clay, sand, pebbles, decaying plants; and describe differences between two different soil samples.