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Lantern Moon: Doing research on stones in primary school with geologist Benno Baumgarten


Sand consists of many tiny stones – grains of sand – and you can find it everywhere. But how many grains of sand are in one kilogram of sand?

You can find stones in many different shapes and colours. Many of us had stone collections as children and protected them like treasures. Benno Baumgarten took this a step further. Even as a little boy he wanted to know, where the stones came from, how they were formed and whether there were secrets and stories about them. This fascination lasts till this day. As geologist Benno Baumgarten investigates the structure and the composition of the Earth, among other things.

In ‘Lantern Moon and Hot Ears’ he encourages children to investigate stones themselves: From stone collecting hikes to having a closer look at stones with a scale, a magnifying glass and a ruler.

The teaching brochure ‘Lantern Moon and Hot Ears’ was created by an international working group following the Science on Stage festival 2011 in Copenhagen. The new edition with simplified texts contains templates which can be copied to promote language skills with natural sciences. Scientists explain in them, how they came to their chosen profession and the sometimes odd stories that happened to them along the way. The collection contains assignments to promote language skills for students with various experiments. Primary school teachers working with these assignments do not need to have specialized scientific knowledge. The brochure can be downloaded here.

Lantern Moon and Hot Ears - Benno Baumgarten, Geologist
Laternenmond und heiße Ohren - Benno Baumgarten, Geologe

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