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Finnish Stone Center: Learning Module

Themes: Elements of Geology, Geological Materials,
Countries: finland 
Attachments: images(3)  documents(3) 

In the study module ‘Rocks around us’ students learn to know some rocks and minerals, they learn to understand the use of rocks and minerals, and to know Geology as a career. The module develops thinking, learning and problem‐solving skills as well as information management skills. Instruction relies on an investigative, problem‐centred approach.

The pedagogical philosophy of this study module is based on the idea of linking science (geology) to society, everyday life and the environment. The learning process starts with discussions on everyday life situations. The science content is then studied, after which the societal, everyday life and environmental issues are considered once again. The students then have better geological knowledge to discuss the issues.

The study module is related to the Finnish Stone Center. It forms a learning process which consists of several tasks (activities). First, there are orientation exercises to be done at school before visiting the Finnish Stone Center, then there are lot of exercises to be carried out during a guided visit at the Finnish Stone Center. After the visit, the learning process continues at school. The process progresses by following the pupils’ exercise booklet, in which all the tasks and exercises are presented in the recommended order. The booklet is only available in Finnish.


Learning Resources

> Download Introduction to “Rocks Around Us” Learning Module
> Download Finnish Stone Centre Teachers Handbook – 5th and 6th Grade
> Download Finnish Stone Centre Teachers Handbook – 9th Grade

Learning material in Finnish language is available at the University of Eastern Finland website. Click here to read more and to download resources in Finnish.

Learning Environment

For further information about the services for visitors please contact Finnish Stone Center.
Tel: +358 (0) 207 636600
Email: info (at) kivikeskus.com
Web: Kivikylä (website in Finnish)


The “Rocks Around Us” learning module for Finnish Stone Center was developed in the NEED-project by:
University of Eastern Finland
Finnish Stone Center
Geological Survey of Finland
Teachers and students of schools in Juuka and Lieksa participated in the testing of the learning module.
Click here for more information about the NEED-project.