Why Do We Study Rocks

Over the past 6 months MidnightStar has been adding lessons on rock and mineral identification. This prompts a question that students often ask: “Why do we study rocks and minerals?” My response in the classroom takes place over the entire year in geology class, for the answer is extraordinarily complex and deserves significant amounts of…

Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

This last week I had the opportunity to attend the 2024 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. I have been to the Denver Gem and Mineral Show many times, but this was the first trip to see the Tucson gem show. The picture included for this blog is one of my favorite cases from that day.…

Museum Note Guide

Do you love geology? Do you homeschool your kids in the Denver area? Are you looking for an educational field trip? Consider doing what I did this week; visit the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  My specific reason for going to the museum this week was to visit the new exhibit called “After the…

The Metamorphic Identification Lesson

The Metamorphic Identification Lesson: It is posted! The Metamorphic Rock Identification Lesson is now for sale on my TpT website. It is very similar to the igneous rock and sedimentary rock lessons I have had posted for some time in my store.  These lessons have been used in the classroom and have been tweaked many…

Midnight Star is throwing a sale!

Midnight Star is throwing a sale! Are you looking for hands-on activities for your Earth Science or Geology classes?  Do you teach at the high school level and are looking for activities that are age appropriate?  Look no further.  Your timing could not be better for on August 29 and 30 all of my lessons…

Sedimentary Rock Identification Lesson

I have just posted a Sedimentary Rock Identification Lesson on my TpT site. It contains notes that can be displayed to students in the classroom as well as an interactive note guide for students to complete as the information about sedimentary rocks is being described.  The texture of sedimentary rocks is very important for students…

NEW LESSON: Igneous Rock Identification

When you ask a student what information is studied in geology class, the first word out of their mouth is “Rocks!”  My response to this declaration is “Yes, geologists study rocks; among other topics.”  Learning to identify rocks is a skill that takes significant effort and practice.  This blog is the first in a series…

On Sale! All MidnightStar Lessons

Are you a hard-working science teacher? Do you teach Earth Science or Geology including topics such as: minerals, faults, paleontology or topographic maps?  Would you like to save some money?  You are in luck!  I am throwing a sale on my TpT store on January 7 and 8.  Save up to 25% on all of…

Roadside Geology

Do you like to drive across country?  Do you ever have questions about the rock formations you are looking at as you drive?  Be sure to check out “Roadside Geology” for the state(s) you cross.   “Roadside Geology of Colorado” is a book that I have used as I travel across my beautiful state! Driving…

What is Geology?

So many people love geology and don’t even know it.  Screen savers, inspirational posters and advertisements all often have images of geology.  In addition, all of our national parks have been chosen due to their spectacular geological features. Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Tetons, Rocky Mountain National Park are all locations with a variety of unique geological…

High school Science Lesson Plans Geology