Step 1: First thing I needed for the rock project was ROCKS! I contacted our local gavel pit. Hassan Sand and Gravel was happy to donate plenty of rocks for our project.
I thought the rocks would be best if they had a base color. I used house paint to paint the rocks. It worked well.
I used a Google Doc Spreadsheet to lay out all make a mail merge for mailing labels. This worked slick! I made two labels at this time, one for on the bottom of the rocks and one for the pictures of the rocks later.
Then I grouped the rocks into three. Each homeroom (51 of them) got a little care package of rocks. The rocks were 3 consecutive numbers. I also marked what homeroom received what rocks. This was helpful during turn in time.