FREE School Daze K-12 Earth Science Program

Friday, November 9, 2018

K-12 Public, Charter and Private School Start Times: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Home School Start Times: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Earth Sciences are losing emphasis in the Texas K-12 TEKS curricula. HGMS is committed to supporting children’s education with materials, information, and activities to engage youth of all levels in Earth Science education.

HGMS has officially designated the Friday of our annual show as “SCHOOL DAZE” for students grades K-12. Teachers may bring their classes and parents their homeschool students to the annual show to participate in this extensive, hands-on learning experience. All registered students and their accompanying teachers and parents are admitted to the HGMS show for FREE on Friday.

At the show, children are grouped by grade level to participate in age-appropriate “scavenger hunts” that teach them about Earth Science. Our education committee has developed a lesson plan for elementary and secondary schools with learning objectives for natural science that are emphasized through scientific investigation and reasoning. We provide numerous hands-on activities where students observe, compare, record, and learn about the physical properties of rocks and characteristics of minerals including hardness, color, luster, and streak.

Grades 4 and higher have an exciting and informative presentation by Mad Science demonstrating rock types and tectonic plate activity including a simulated earthquake. The Dino Dig area gives children in Grades K-3 their own place to dig for dinosaurs, minerals and other fun geology items.

Every student will leave with a free mineral or fossil specimen.

Teachers and homeschool parents who have 20 or more students may request a SCHOOL MINERAL or a SCHOOL FOSSIL set.


  • Lesson plans emphasizing investigation & reasoning
  • Scavenger hunts
  • Dino Dig
  • Mad Science demonstration
  • Free mineral or fossil specimen
k-12 school daze students

Key Info

Invitation letter to all educators: School Daze teacher letter

General information about our program: School Daze General Information

Bus routes for public/private schools to drop off their classes: HGMS School Bus Route

For additional information contact Show Education Chair Charlotte Holden 281-794-0612 |

School Daze Public/Private School Registration
This form is for public and private schools. Please send us the following information so we may prepare for the arrival of your class.
(Note: Please abide by normal ratio of 1:5 for lower grades, 1:8 for higher grades)
Public/Private School times are 9:00 - 12:30, subject to schedule availability. Due to overcrowding in the early morning hours, we request that any school which is able (particularly the private schools who may have more flexible schedules) to please schedule their arrivals for late morning (10:30 onward). The 9:00, 9:30, and 10:00 arrival times are the most requested and therefore the most crowded and will reach their cutoffs the quickest.
(One kit per class of 20 please; maximum three kits per school.)
School Daze Homeschool Registration
This form is for homeschools. Please send us the following information so we may prepare for the arrival of your students.
If Applicable
Show hours: 9-6. Home School arrival hours 1-3. An email confirmation will be sent to the email address listed.
Please provide the total number of adults for registration.
Please provide the total number of students for registration. Below provide the number of students per grade level for registration.
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The School Rock Set choice are limited to one set per 20 registered student with a maximum of three sets per group.

School Rock Set Descriptions


For additional information, please contact:

Public/private school registrar:

Home school registrar:

Education Resources

Earth Science-Related TEKS


Rock and Mineral Links

Mineral Information Finder Mineral information and uses page from the website.

Minerals Education Coalition  The MEC’s mission is to develop and deliver accurate and timely K-12 education materials and activities and conduct public awareness outreach about mining and minerals.

RocksForKids  Canadian site packed with pages of information and a Teacher’s Corner.


Paleo and Fossil Links

Download a Dinosaur  16 dinosaur patterns to cut, fold and decorate

Learning From the Fossil Record  Part of the stellar University of California, Berkeley Museum of Paleontology site. 

This section has excellent activities for both primary (Dino Cookie Dig is a favorite) and secondary students,

focusing on the ways fossils indicate the relative ages of geologic strata.  Very high quality information.

ZoomDinosaurs  A hypertext online book about dinosaurs; contains many levels of information.

Build your own Trilobite!


Geology and Earth Science links 
U.S. Geological Survey  USGS Geology Home Page; good resource for upper grades

USGS Educational  Education web for K-12 students and teachers 

Volcano World  “The Web’s Premier Source for Volcano Information” assembled by staff from the University of North Dakota.