Breaking geodes, eating sedimentary rocks, and laughing along to our read-aloud made our "There Are Rocks in My Socks!" said the Ox to the Fox Nature Book Club a rocking good time!
Breaking geodes, eating sedimentary rocks, and laughing along to our read-aloud made our "There Are Rocks in My Socks", said the Ox to the Fox Nature Book Club a rocking good time! #ihsnet #naturebookclub #la4k
There Are Rocks in My Socks! Nature Book Club
This month our book club was on the book, "There Are Rocks in My Socks!" said the Ox to the Fox. This was one of my favorite books as a child. I loved the rhyming pattern to the words and the hilarious ways the Fox gets the poor Ox into trouble. It was so much fun to introduce this book to a new generation and it inspired some fun learning about rocks (though we didn't put any in our socks!)
There Are Rocks in My Socks! Nature Book Club Snacks
One of the moms in our group took up the challenge to make snacks with a rock theme. And, boy, did she deliver!
We started with Igneous Rocks. These were honeycomb candy masquerading as rocks formed by molten lava.
I love the way you can see the air bubbles in them that look so much like igneous rock. (But, they tasted much better!)
Next were the Sedimentary Rock cookies. Sedimentary rocks are made from sediment layering on top of other sediment and the pressure causing it to form into a rock.
Our sedimentary rocks were Rice Krispie bars layered with mini chocolate chips and mini M&M's.
The Fossil Cookies were a HUGE hit - especially since a few fossilized creatures were hanging out with the cookies.
These sugar cookies were yummy and so simple to make. Just press a plastic animal or sea creature into the cookie will it is still warm from the oven and Voila! You now have a fossil cookie!
There Are Rocks in My Socks! Nature Book Club Activities
Rocks were EVERYWHERE at our There Are Rocks in Your Socks! Nature Book Club. We used them for decoration by sprinkling some pebbles on the tables.
I also set out some rocks we had collected from our travels. We had an igneous rock from Hawaii, a sedimentary rock from Scotland and a few geodes from out west.
We talked about the different types of rocks.
Igneous rocks are rocks that are created when molten lava cools.
Sedimentary rock is formed by layers of sediment that are compressed together until they form rocks.
Metamorphic rock is rock that has been transformed by both pressure and heat.
But, by far, the most fun was breaking the geodes!
We had different types of geodes, so some broke easily because of their mostly hollow centers. Others, took a bit more of a whack. These we put in old towels and hammered them on the floor.
Originally my plan had been to have small geodes for all the children to break themselves.
But, my order from Amazon was delayed and it turned out to be fortuitous. I can only imagine the damage that would have been created by 34 elementary children pounding with hammers!
Finally the kids passed around the rocks and wrote their observations down and drew outlines of their rocks. Some even shared their nature journals. We had a rocking good time at this month's nature book club!
Rock Scavenger Hunt
You can keep the fun going with a rock scavenger hunt. Just download the Rock Scavenger Hunt printable below and have fun on a nature adventure.
There Are Rocks in My Socks! Online Nature Book Club
There are so many fun things you can do on a rocky nature adventure!
Go on a nature trek with us based on the book, "There Are Rocks in My Socks!" said the Ox to the Fox. During this online book club, we will go on rabbit trails of discovery about rocks, the ox and more. We will find ways to learn by experiencing parts of the book through arts and crafts.
We will add a little nature study magic dust and go on outdoor adventures into nature.
At the conclusion of the story, we will have a "party school" celebrating rocks, the ox and his friends.
Take a Sneak Peek into our There Are Rocks in My Socks! Online Nature Book Club:
Now for the awesome Nature Book Club!
The Nature Book Club is a monthly link-up beginning on the 20th day of each month. It’s a monthly book club devoted to connecting children to nature through books. Each month has a different theme. We welcome your nature book and activity related links!
This Month's Nature Book Club theme:
Beach, Sand and Shells
The Nature Book Club is brought to you by these 3 nature loving bloggers and myself who are your co-hosts! Are you following them? If you don’t want to miss anything, be sure to follow each one.
Here are the co-hosts, their choices of books, and activities for the month:
Hi, I’m Dachelle. I’m a homeschooling mom of 3 in the South. I love chocolate and have been known to hide it from my children. I can often be found reading a good book (or even sometimes just an okay book) and enjoying a jar of Nutella — don’t judge. I blog, here, at HideTheChocolate.com when I’m not creating book clubs and making lists…lots and lots of lists (it’s an addiction). Learn more…