From volcanoes spewing lava to digging for hidden jewels, students can roll up their sleeves to discover science lessons hidden deep within the Earth. The cross-curricular and standards-based program is free to download.
Created by GIA, the global leader in gemological education and research since 1931, GemKids for Schools provides students with big-picture connections between nature, human industry, arts and culture.
The program covers how gems are formed in nature, the different methods used to mine them, how civilizations have valued gems throughout history, and much more. By studying gems, students will explore the history of the Earth, have more conversations about the intersecting worlds of business and culture, and better understand the changing definitions of beauty and value.
The GIA said the GemKids for Schools program instills a passion for learning about science and connects it to the history of the world. The curriculum is designed to complement existing elementary school Earth science programs and requirements in the U.S. Teachers and parents can find out more by visiting gemkids.gia.edu/gem/teacher-guide. The curriculum is available there to download completely free of charge.
GIA is an 84-year old nonprofit institute dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry through research, education and laboratory services. GemKids for Schools is funded by the GIA endowment, which supports education and scholarship programs.