Enjoy these tips for a conglomerate rock nature study and have fun hunting for them on your next nature walk.
Conglomerate rock is a sedimentary rock that contains large rounded particles. The rock particles are stuck together with sand that filled in the spaces. There can be many different colors of conglomerate rock depending on the color of the gravel and sand where the rock was formed. Colorful conglomerates may be called “puddingstones”.
Tips for a Conglomerate Rock Nature Study
We were able to find some awesome specimens of conglomerate rock during our trip to Oregon. Actually, my son found the one below and my husband found the one above. I told them what I was looking for and I was shocked they found two so very different from each other.
This is our fourth official rock from the list which we pulled from the book Rocks, Fossils and Arrowheads (Take-Along Guides). (Affiliate Link). You can read a review of the Take Along Nature Guides at The Curriculum Choice.
You can look for conglomerates in rivers, ocean beaches, or even in dry rocky desert areas where there used to be water.
Rock Cycle Activities for Middle and High School
An introduction to geology with rock cycle activities for middle and high school. This is a great homeschool nature study and a simple way to explore rocks as a nature study in your own backyard!
Note To the Parent: There is a lot of great information in this study, far more than can be covered in a week. Use this study as an introduction to geology as it relates to nature study in your own backyard or neighborhood. Read the information in the Handbook of Nature Study and share any facts or ideas with your child that make sense to you. Keep it simple. (includes an interactive rock cycle!): Rock Cycle Activities for Middle and High School
Follow-Up Rock Activities For Your Homeschool:
- Choose one of the rocks you collected outdoors and look at it closely using a hand lens. If you collected some granite, can you distinguish the various components? Record your observations in your nature journal.
- Advanced study: Diagram and describe the rock cycle in your nature journal.
- Advanced study: Use your observation skills and record your information in your nature journal. Use a rock identification key to identify your igneous rock.
Rock Study Learning Resource Links:
- Geology Video: Igneous Rocks (for younger students)
- Rock cycle interactive (simple explanations)
- Advanced Study: Igneous Rock video on YouTube.com
- Igneous Rock Images on Geology.com
Rock Nature Study in Homeschool Nature Study Membership
Find rock cycle activities and rock homeschool nature study resources in Homeschool Nature Study Membership! Included in membership:
- Rocks Big Grid – filled with nature study prompts for weeks of rock study!
- Rocks notebooking pages for: pyrite, obsidian, coal, chalk, hematite, pumice, zinc, talc, geode, amethyst, flint, coral and sponge.
- Rock Photo Hunt prompts and notebooking page
- Under a Rock notebooking page
- Plus 25+ courses and an interactive monthly calendar filled with nature study prompts and new nature study lessons.