In the Classroom: A Rocking Garden!

Anne Phillips subbed for Mrs. Antinori’s fourth grade class at Burnsville Elementary School.  She gave each student three pieces of charcoal, and mixed up a batch of Mrs. Stewart’s solution of blue, ammonia, and salt.  The students spooned it over the charcoal with food coloring and waited for the magic to happen.  Within an hour crystals started to form.  Two days later, Anne came back and repeated the process with the students to grow a number of crystals for their rock garden.  This directly connected to their study of rocks and minerals.

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Penland School of Crafts
NC Arts Council
Community Foundation of Western NC

Teaching Artists

Anne Phillips
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