Wilson Creek students in Johns Creek mine for gems

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. - In today's high-speed world of online devices and electronic gadgets, retro activities can be fun, too. Just ask the third-graders at Wilson Creek Elementary School in Johns Creek. Students recently participated in Diamond Del's Gem Mining Adventure, held at school. After entering a mobile gemstone mine, each student received a box with mining ore to “sluice” through to find gems. As students washed the mining ore in a water plume, various rocks and minerals were uncovered. Students returned to class to examine and identify their collection and watched a video presentation about different physical properties of their gems.

Studying rocks and minerals is a third-grade curriculum standard, and this hands-on activity allows students to learn about rock and mineral classifications and identification.