The GeoBox program provides lending kits developed by BSU’s Geoscience department. Each GeoBox includes lessons and geologic specimens on loan through the department. Teachers can check out a box for a period of time, complete the lesson with their classes, and then return materials so others can enjoy these resources. Standards-aligned lesson plans are included with each GeoBox, along with materials needed to complete the lesson. Available GeoBoxes are described below.
If you are interested in checking out a GeoBox, please check the calendar for availability and submit a request via the GeoBox registration form.
Fun with Fossils (Grades K-2)
This GeoBox lesson allows students to discover how plants and animals become fossils. They will learn that fossils can tell us which animals used to live on Earth. Included in this lesson are the book, Fossils Tell of Long Ago, fossil specimens, laminated photos of fossils, hand lenses, and a lesson plan. View the Fun With Fossils lesson plan.
It’s Not Easy to Be a Fossil (Grades 4-6)
Through the use of this GeoBox, students will discover and identify the different types of fossils. They will also make their own imitation fossil to take home! Included in this box are fossil specimens, laminated photos of fossils, hand lenses, materials to make different types of imitation fossils, and a lesson plan. View the It's Not Easy to Be a Fossil lesson plan.
Anatomy of a Volcano: Mt. St. Helens (Grades 4-6)
Through use of this GeoBox, students will learn about Stratovolcanoes and the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in 1980. Students will also learn how craters (a common feature of these volcanoes) form. Included in this box are 3-D printed models of Mt. St. Helens from before and after it’s eruption, samples of volcanic rocks (tuff, pumice, andesite), laminated photos of Mt. St. Helens and its eruption, crater formation demo, and a lesson plan. View the Anatomy of a Volcano: Mt. St. Helen's lesson plan.
Volcanoes and Viscosity (Grades 4-6)
In this lesson students will discover that not all volcanoes look the same! And that not all magma is the same either! Here they will learn about viscosity of liquids and relate it to volcanoes. They will discover that different magma compositions are what determine the shape and eruption style of a volcano which is mostly due to the magmas viscosity. Students will perform an experiment that teaches about the relative viscosity of different liquids. They will then use that knowledge and apply it to volcanoes. Included in the kit is: Volcanic rock samples (Pahoehoe Basalt, A’a’ basalt, Olivine basalt, Rhyolite, Andesite, Tuff, pumice, obsidian), all materials to conduct viscosity experiment, magnifying glasses, laminated photos and diagrams, and suggested lesson plan. View the Volcanoes and Viscosity lesson plan.