Classroom Collection of Rocks and Minerals

Classroom Collection of Rocks and Minerals

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Item #: 002263
Grades: PK-8

Product Description:

Includes 50 specimens (approximately 1") in a compartmentalized box. Includes specimens from the following groups: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks; ores, gemstones, and minerals in the scale of hardness. Numbered specimens are keyed to study sheet and a Rocks and Minerals Study Guide is also included.

Category Description for BJU Press Secondary Levels:

There is more evaluation of science and its relationship to Scripture at the upper levels, and biblical Creationism is presented as truth. Teacher's editions contain reduced student text pages on the same page with teacher instructions, notes, and answers.

Category Description for Rock / Fossil Collections:

We have several rock-hounds here - as evidenced by the boxes of rocks that haunt the dark recesses under beds and in closets, when they're not strewn all over the floor! Of course, our "good" rock collections don't suffer the same fate. These have been used countless times in our homeschool, especially in our study of Earth Science. Kept in the schoolroom, the children are free to use them to identify other rocks or just to peruse for sheer delight. I guess you can tell that I am rather fond of rocks myself. The combinations and varieties that God has embedded in the Earth are astounding and beautiful. We had to "dig" a little for the information to stock these, but it was totally worth the effort!

Category Description for BJU Press Elementary Levels:

Home Teacher Editions have reduced student text pages, lesson information for the teacher and answers to discussion questions in magenta. The texts are full-color and present a variety of topics from earth and space science, life science and physical science at each level. Most student texts are softbound. The Student Activity Manuals have all consumable student materials including worksheets to accompany the text, review sheets, and experiments with places for students to evaluate or record scientific data. The Complete Home School kits include all essential materials for one child.

Category Description for BJU Press Curriculum:

We are pleased to be able to distribute BJU Press curriculum to our customers. Most homeschoolers are already familiar with their materials. For those who are not, BJU is a Christian university located in South Carolina that produces and markets curriculum materials for Christian schools as well as home schools. Probably the most homeschool-friendly full-curriculum supplier, they have not only accommodated homeschoolers, but have continually worked to make their materials better suited to the homeschooling family. Many of their courses now contain manuals written specifically for the home school setting, and visuals and supplemental materials have been "pared down" from the bulkier visuals still used in classrooms. While other curriculum suppliers initially frowned on distributing teacher materials to homeschoolers, and provided only expensive classroom versions, Bob Jones quickly embraced homeschoolers, readily allowing them access to teacher's editions and, eventually, producing less expensive spiral-bound or paperbound versions to save money for homeschooling families. Their materials are all top quality. They are professionally prepared, educationally sound, and Biblically-based. Used in Christian school classrooms across the country for years and constantly improved, they are courses you can trust in your homeschool as well. We have long been fans of Bob Jones curriculum materials, having used courses in almost every subject area for one child or another through the years. In our particular situation (seven children, Mom and Dad sharing in teaching as well as in running Rainbow Resource Center), a well-constructed, teacher-ready course can be a God-send. Although we have used a variety of methods and curriculums in our homeschool through the years (and continue to do so), we strongly feel that the Bob Jones materials we have used have helped to produce excellent, college-ready students. Unless you have a particularly strong aversion to textbooks of any kind, at any level, we highly recommend these materials to you.

Curriculum can be found by subject area in our catalog; see index for page numbers. A free scope and sequence is available below, with specific information by grade level.

Category Description for BJU Press Science:

With so many secular materials infused with evolution, it's sometimes difficult to find solid science materials that are based on Creationism. Bob Jones Science is thoroughly Christian, including many evidences and support of Creationism and many "holes" in the theory of evolution, particularly at the upper grade levels. Vital to the program are the student activities, or labs. The scientific method is emphasized as children participate on hands-on activities and experiments throughout the curriculum. The junior high and high school levels are full-blown laboratory science courses, complete with a separate lab manual. Experiments are excellent, but some of them require unique materials or are difficult to do in a home environment. The revised texts are more home-friendly, though, and Bob Jones also offers a Lab Manual Supplement for home schoolers, containing tips for doing lab activities in smaller groups. We have used many of these upper level texts in our home school. We also have accumulated a wealth of laboratory equipment and supplies over the years, which has made the lab work easier. I have sometimes substituted labs from Experiences in Biology and Experiences in Chemistry (from Castle Heights - see index) where it's been too difficult to use a particular lab. Bob Jones has made it easy to obtain lab materials and chemicals (you can order almost anything you need for their courses on the Science Lab Materials Order Form), but some labs are still pretty complex for a home environment, requiring a lot of set-up and preparation time. For each grade level, essential materials are listed first, followed by asterisked (*) supplemental support materials. Support items used at multiple grade levels are at the end.


Items listed in this section tend to be complete science programs with a teacher and student component, requiring few supplements besides science supplies.

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Scott Resources
2.0 (lbs.)
14.0" x 7.25" x 1.25"
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Why did you choose this?
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Gift for grandson
GAil L on Oct 22, 2019
For home school purposes
Laurel B on Jan 31, 2019
Gift for grandson
GAil L on Oct 22, 2019
I'm choosing this for my 4th grade grandson. I wanted something he could enjoy. This appears to have good size specimens along with a guide to know the names of the rocks.
Jeff S on Sep 12, 2019
For home school purposes
Laurel B on Jan 31, 2019
for educational events
Kathryn K on Nov 30, 2017
Sounds like a good collectionfor teaching children who are I terested in rock collecting.
Dawn R on Aug 25, 2017
hao P on Dec 24, 2016
I'm choosing this for my 4th grade grandson. I wanted something he could enjoy. This appears to have good size specimens along with a guide to know the names of the rocks.
Jeff S on Sep 12, 2019
for educational events
Kathryn K on Nov 30, 2017
I have a set but no key to the numbered minerals and rock samples. Where can I get a key the numbered samples?
A shopper on Feb 26, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Please send an email request to They will be able to help you.
What is #12 in the set?
A shopper on Feb 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The #12 rock says it’s Andesite. Hope that helps
Can you provide a complete list of the specimens included in the Classroom Collection of Rocks and Minerals?
A shopper on Dec 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There are 50 specimens: microcline feldspar, albite feldspar, hornblende, augite, biotite, calcite, quartz, pumice, obsidian, scoria, basalt, andesite, granite, rhyolite, amphibolite, slate, quartzite, gneiss, talc, schist, marble, anthracite coal, conglomerate, sandstone, arkose, shale, oil shale, calcareous tufa, limestone, breccia, gypsum, malachite, dolomite, chalcopyrite, graphite, limonite, hematite, magnetite, bauxite, pyrite, beryl, blackjack sphalerite, fluorite, corundum, chalcedony, tourmaline, specular hematite, olivine, rose quartz, amethyst quartz.
Is this set compatible with DIVE Earth Science labs?
User on Aug 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, per the DIVE publisher, this is exactly the right and best kit to purchase to accompany the DIVE Earth Science labs.
Does this set include limestone?
A shopper on May 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes. Limestone is #29 on the list
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