Follow this Science Journey to discover rocks made of fire, rocks that morph, and rocks that surprise you with what is in their layers! 

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Igneous Metemorphic SedementaryLESSONS OVERVIEW - THIRD GRADE CCSS

Suggested Grade Levels: 3rd & 6th

DESCRIPTION: During this virtual adventure you will explore and discover ROCKS made of Fire, ROCKS that morph, And ROCKS that surprise you with what is in their layers! 

Student Discovery Kits

To reserve kits, please use the following link, and answer all of the questions.

(If the link does not work, please send an email to the above address with the following information:)
Your Name:
Names of any other teachers you are also requesting kits for:
School and Grade:
Number of students/kits:
Name of Science Journey Program you are choosing:
Approximate month/dates you are hoping to use the kits (You will have the kits for 4 weeks):


View Kit Contents: Student Discovery Kit Checklist

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These interactive 20 minute videos featuring the Banana Slug String Band naturalists include: creative characters, captivating illustrations, and brilliantly composed songs that bring the subject matter to life. The videos also inspire kids to go outside for hands-on experiential learning, utilizing inquiry skills at school or online. Here are some of the fun activities in which your students will engage in the video:

  • Learn a new language today: Rock language - rocks have a story to tell if you know how to read them
  • Become a Rock Star as you play the part of Sedimentary Rock and layer it down.
  • Enjoy a rock hunting and collecting adventure - discover all the uniqueness of every rock which gives you clues on how they are formed.
  • Join Professor Banana Slug and Doug Dirt as they teach you the best of the Rock Games. 


Each Heat & Pressure Slug SCIENCE JOURNEY lesson is accompanied by a complete teacher lesson plan and student worksheet. Follow the links below to review and access the lessons.

Teacher Lesson Plans
Student Sheets
Video Quest Teacher LP 1

VideoQuest Page w/time stamps 1.1 

VideoQuest Page 1.2 

Rock Explorations Teacher LP 2

Rock Explorations

Rock Sorting

Main Idea & Key Details Teacher LP 3

Main Idea & Key Details 3.1

Write a Paragraph 3.2

Interpreting Illustrations Teacher LP 4 Interpreting Illustrations 4 
Oral Presentation Teacher LP 5 Oral Presentation 5
Measurement & Data Teacher LP 6 Measurement & Data 6
If a Rock Could Talk  

Pet Rock Activity

Pet Rock Writing Prompt

Nature Quest Books Teacher LP 7

Quest Pages (Not numbered)

Word Search   Word Search
Coloring Page   Coloring Page
Heat & Pressure Book   Heat & Pressure Book

Supplemental Resources:

Host Your Own Banana Slug String Band Festival!


Heat & Pressure Song

Heat & Pressure Dance Choreography

Heat & Pressure Lyric Sheet

Heat & Pressure Costume Instructions


Preview  (You will be asked to login with a Google or Microsoft email)

There's nothing like fun hands on outdoor activities to help facilitate learning. We will be using a program called FLIPGRID for student responses and lesson instructions. This program is used by many teachers during distanced learning. It is designed for students Pre-K through adult. It requires access to a device that connects to the Internet. 


Interactive ZOOM Q & A Session with the Banana Slug String Band Naturalists

Classes have the opportunity to schedule a live, interactive zoom question and answer session with the Banana Slug String Band Naturalist featured in the HEAT & PRESSURE video.  To sign-up, please email the Banana Slugs at

Please include the following information in your email: Your name;   Grade level;    City & State of your school;   Your Science Journey topic;    3 different options for date & time of your session (Please keep in mind that the Slugs are in California on a 3 hour time difference!)