Fourth Grade

Geology Quest Study

Ancient squid and starfish fossils. Roots of a 1.8 billion year-old, compressed Minnesota mountain. Rocks from France, Germany, India, Italy, California, and Indiana. The same marble that Michelangelo used to carve David. Where can you find all of these geologic treasures? As our 4th and 5th graders are finding, in the walls and floors of downtown Portland!

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Exploring a wall in downtown Portland

The city is alive with many examples of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rock. Last fall, students visited numerous locations downtown as part of their trimester-long unit in geology. The 4th and 5th graders worked in small groups to research and write about specific buildings or other locations (like the flooring around the fountain in Pioneer Place mall). Earlier last fall, the students learned about geology from Portland Parks and Rec staff at Mt. Tabor, from OMSI staff who visited our school, and from their knowledgeable classroom teachers. The students used all that hey had learned to create a fun, educational scavenger hunt, called a ¨quest,¨ which was then distributed to other teachers and families who wanted to learn about geology in Portland.  This project is being undertaken in collaboration with the Geological Society of the Oregon Country, who are super excited to gain learning materials geared towards young people.

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Presenting their Geology Quest to Wells Fargo
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The 4th Grade Teacher presenting the Geology Quest to employees of Wells Fargo

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Geology Quest

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