Amber (Succinit) is a yellowish gemstone of fossil resin.
You can find it in the Baltic Sea.
Already in the elementary school you can produce jewelery with the children.
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.
Step 1: Show It
First you show the children an unpolished amber.
They can take it in their hands, feel and smell. So the senses are addressed and the children are curious.
The children can guess what stone it is and what it consist of.
Now you explain what it is and how the amber arises.
Then the children fill out a worksheet. See pdf.
Step 2: Find or Buy?
If you have the opportunity, you can now look for amber.
Be careful on the Baltic Sea. Phosphor from WW II bombs looks like amber.
You can also buy amber, here you go:
Step 3: Children Can Work With It
To make a jewelery out of raw amber, you have to polished it.
With sandpaper in different grain sizes, this can already done by children in elementary school.
But you have to be patient.
Step 4: Material
Sandpaper in various grain sizes (coarse to very fine)
Step 5: Polish
Wet the amber a little bit and first take sandpaper with very coarse
Gradually you take ever finer sandpaper.
Wet the stone again and again. In addition, you should change the direction to close the pores in the stone.
Finally, you can polish the piece of jewelry. This is with toothpaste (if children do it) or alcohol (adults).