RPSEC Traveling Science and Mathematics Kits

Reserve a kit online at http://rpsec.usca.edu/travelingscience/ or by calling 803-641-3683.

Kit Title
Kit Description
The Earth Materials Module (4 activities) puts students in touch with the basic building materials from which the earth is made. They experience simulated and real rocks, investigate minerals and their properties, and learn techniques used by geologists for taking apart and identifying several important rocks and minerals. The module consists of 1 drawer of materials and is age appropriate for grades 3 and 4. Measurement Tool Kit included.
The Pebbles, Sand, and Silt Module (4 activities) introduces students to several kinds of rocks. Throughout the activities in this module, students sort, wash, compare, and seriate rocks. They separate mixtures of rocks with screens, and investigate clay and soil. After students have had many experiences with these earth materials, they participate in projects that demonstrate how people use earth materials in their daily lives. The module consists of 2 drawers of materials appropriate for grades 1 and 2.
FOSS: Water Module
The Water Module (4 activities) plunges students into close contact with the most amazing material: water. They investigate surface tension, freezing, expansion, density, evaporation, and condensation in a number of everyday settings. Finally, they consider water quality and the processes by which water is recycled naturally. This module consists of 2 drawers of materials and is appropriate for grades 3 and 4.
Know Your Minerals
This kit is designed to teach basic facts about minerals (Hardness, Cleavage, Fracture, Tenacity, and Streak Color).
Screen Sieves Kit
This kit is designed for the easy separation of soil into the various sizes of its particles. Porosity, permeability, and capillarity are all greatly affected by the particle size of earth materials. The kit is also used to investigate these properties.
South Carolina Minerals and Rocks
Designed to familiarize earth science students and the general public with 24 of the minerals and rocks of the Palmetto State. The 6 mineral and rock sets are in labeled, compartmentalized plastic boxes that are accompanied by a 22-page booklet. The booklet provides some general information about minerals and rocks and the geology of South Carolina, descriptions of the specimens and their importance to South Carolina and maps showing the general and specific locations of occurrences within the state. This kit partially funded by a grant from the Harry Hampton Fund.
Students explore the differences and similarities between rocks and minerals by investigating samples of these earth materials, performing a series of tests similar to geologists' field tests, and reading about rocks and minerals and how they are used. The first lessons focus on rocks. The students then turn their attention to a set of 12 minerals and test them to identify properties such as streak color, luster, transparency, hardness, shape, and magnetism. After completing these observations, students compile them into their own _Minerals Field Guide._ In a culminating activity, they are challenged to apply their knowledge and skills to identify new minerals. They then report on how rocks and minerals are used.
1204 or 2267
In this unit, students investigate the chief components of soil_sand, clay, and humus_and explore the relationship between soil and plant growth. Early in the unit, they create their own compost bags. This activity enables them to observe the decomposition of organic materials over time. Students observe and read about earthworms to learn about their connection to plant roots and soil. The students also conduct tests that enable them to observe and compare such properties of soil as odor, appearance, and texture. Phenomena such as settling, water content, and soil consistency are also explored. These observations are then related to plant growth, as students plant cucumber seeds in a clear plastic tube. By observing root growth, students learn about the role of roots in keeping the plant anchored and upright. In a final activity, students apply what they have learned to investigate a sample of local garden soil.
STC: Soils-Literature Resource Kit
Titles: Earthworms, Underground Farmers, Miss Rumphius, Mud Matters: Stories from a Mud Lover, Mud Puddle