Lindsay Park Elementary School . ROCK FESTIVAL. Why Rocks???. A little history...
A little history...
Our town - Kimberley, BC was discover over 100 years ago (1892) by prospectors searching for ore. The first discovery of ore was found on our present day ski hill - North Star Mountain – a mineral called Galena – a lead/zinc ore. The news of this discovery travelled fast which lead to the eventual finding, by four prospectors, of the Sullivan Mine ore body - once the worlds largest lead and zinc mine (from 1917-2001)
At Lindsay Park Elementary School we felt the history of our town being a Rockin’ City was important to share with our students, and to teach them about the impact lead, zinc, and other rocks and minerals have on our lifestyles and environment.
When you hear the word “rock”, what do you think of?
The earth is the ultimate rock. Wherever you are standing, walking, hiking or floating, there is a rock under you. At Lindsay Park Elementary School, we decided to explore the different ways that rocks are part of our world. We explored rocks through all educational mediums: Art, Math, Music, Language Arts, History, Science and Computers.
Kimberley, BC is a small town nestled between the Rocky and Purcell Mountain ranges.
Learning about our home and why it is here just seemed to “fit” for our project!
We celebrated all out learning with the “Lindsay Park Rock Festival”. It was a student show and share, held Tuesday January 29th from 1pm-7pm.
Highlights were Rock Collections from community members, displays from the Kimberley Public Library and wonderful rock collections from our students.
Through the projects shared, we learned about Kimberley, our school, the environment and the Sullivan mine.
We learned words like “sustainable resources” and “reclamation”. We learned about rocks and precious gemstones. We learned that our first nations people used rocks for tools, art and messages in stone. We learned how old the earth is and what dinosaurs’ fossils can tell us. We learned that rocks are fun, and are a huge part of the earth we need to care for.
Brian Crowe & Kevin Redding – Rock Hounds and Teck Cominco employees
Annie Johnston – Private Collector and enthusiast
Ryan Ashby - Private Collector and enthusiast
Kimberley Public Library – Book display
Anna Keiver – Ab Ed Worker
Ana Pakenham – for compiling rock music and being our technical advisor
Marlene Driscoll – for organizing the troops and keeping us focused!
Everyone who made this project so successful!
Rocks can guide you – as learned through the Inuit art form of Inuksuks
We learned how some rocks have special meanings and represent different things
We learned that without rocks we wouldn’t have the tools and other objects on this table
We learned what it takes to mine rocks, and how extra measures are now being taken to make mining more environmentally friendly
We explored the size, shape, colour, and texture of rocks and talked about the many uses rocks have in our day to day life
Experts and Enthusiasts joined us at our Rock Festival to enjoy the learning our students did with rocks