Every Rock Has A Story: A YouTube Series for Kids - please share
From Ethan Baxter, a GSA member
Dear Colleagues (with apologies for multiple posts),
I wanted to let you all know that my YouTube video series for kids called “Every Rock Has A Story” is now complete. Thanks again to the many friends and colleagues who sent good words and encouragement when I started making these videos in May. The response from kids, parents, teachers, and the academic community has been overwhelmingly positive. My YouTube channel now includes 44 original episodes plus a brand new Teacher-Parent Guide and accompanying teacher resources. You can find it all here:
Link to my website with additional resources
While my target audience was grades K-4, the videos are fun and appropriate for all ages. For the GSA membership, I might particularly suggest the messages in Episode #14, Episode #33, and Episode #43 if you’d like to take a peek yourself. Watch a few episodes, have a laugh at my expense, and who knows, you might just discover a new perspective on rocks and minerals. Afterall, we are all still learning.
Now, my principle aim is to get this educational resource into the hands of parents and teachers who might wish to incorporate it into Fall lesson planning and beyond. Communicating the value and excitement of science to young people has never been more important. Given the positive response, I think that if more people knew about the videos more people would use them and benefit from them. If you have any connections in your local school system, if you know any teachers or parents, please share this educational resource with them. Tweet it, Facebook it, email it, text it, morse code it… whatever works. I made the video series in an effort to help parents and teachers through the challenges of the COVID19 shutdown when many kids (including my own) were stuck learning from home. Now, it is a lasting open resource that (I hope) can help inspire the next generation of geoscientists.
Thanks for sharing Every Rock Has A Story with kids, parents, and teachers you know. I hope everyone is safe and well during this challenging time.