Outdoor Hour Challenge – Feldspar Rock Study

Outdoor Hour Challenge Feldspar Rock Study 2 @handbookofnaturestudy

Inside Preparation Work:

  • Read pages 755 and 758 in the Handbook of Nature Study (Lesson #214).
  • View some images of feldspar so you know what you are looking for during your outdoor time.
  • You may wish to purchase a piece of feldspar to observe in person and then use your outdoor time to look for any rocks you can find in your local area this season.  You can find them in most rock shops or online in rock collections.
  • Common feldspar minerals: Amazonite and Labradorite and Sunstone (Oregon’s state gem).
  • Advanced Study: Complete some research on the uses of feldspar before your outdoor time this week. What is Feldspar? and Feldspars.

Outdoor Hour Time:

  • Go exploring for rocks. Bring along a collecting box or bag and see if you can find some rocks, particularly granite that may have some feldspar in it that you can see.
  • Collect some samples to bring inside to look at closely.
  • Note: If you weather or local conditions do not all you to collect rocks this week, plan on spending even just a few minutes outdoors  this week observing anything interesting you have at hand. Save the rock observations for a time that is more convenient.

Follow-Up Activity:

  • 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.
  • Use the Rocks Up Close activity to take a closer look at any rocks you have on hand.
  • Advanced study: Use a rock identification key to identify any rocks you did collect this week.
  • Advanced study: Create a nature journal page for feldspar or any of the feldspar minerals. Use a rock field guide from your personal or public library.



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