Math Science Nucleus Field Trips
California Science Standards and Next Generation Science Standards

Elements, Minerals and Rocks (2-5)    Students will learn that elements make up minerals; minerals make up rocks; and the three different environments where rocks are formed. Through hands-on activities students will learn about igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks.  Class is customized to grade and include a rock/mineral make and take.  Classes are leveled to the specific grade LIMIT: 2 classes,  64 students

The following are activities students will do
1. Learn to read the periodic table of elements
2. Observe elements and find them on the periodic table
3. Examine and describe minerals by learning key characteristics
4.  Sing Ricky the Rapping Rock
5. Receive 4 samples and glue them on a diagram of how rocks are formed
6. Tour the museum focusing on the hall of minerals and rocks


Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Standards arranged by Disciplinary Core Ideas.  Codes in parenthesis represent Performance Standards.  For more detailed information visit

  The History of Planet Earth
Local, regional, and global patterns of rock formations reveal changes over time due to earth forces, such as earthquakes. The presence and location of certain fossil types indicate the order in which rock layers were formed. (4-ESS1-1)

ESS2.A:  Earth Materials and Systems
Rainfall helps to shape the land and affects the types of living things found in a region. Water, ice, wind, living organisms, and gravity break rocks, soils, and sediments into smaller particles and move them around. (4-ESS2-1)

  Earth Materials and Systems

Earth’s major systems are the geosphere (solid and molten rock, soil, and sediments), the hydrosphere (water and ice), the atmosphere (air), and the biosphere (living things, including humans). These systems interact in multiple ways to affect Earth’s surface materials and processes. The ocean supports a variety of ecosystems and organisms, shapes landforms, and influences climate. Winds and clouds in the atmosphere interact with the landforms to determine patterns of weather. (5-ESS2-1)

Ca Science Standards Life Sciences

Second Grade:  Earth Sciences (3a,b,e)
Fourth Grade (4a,b),
Fifth: Physical Science (1 b,c,d,f)