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Learners explore rocks and minerals. In this rocks and minerals nonfiction comprehension guided reading instructional activity, students observe rocks and make a list of their observable traits. Learners preview the book Rocks and Minerals by reading the title of each section and predicting what information that section might include. Students read the book independently and then complete a related pyramid fold project.
Young scholars test and identify minerals according to their physical properties. In this mineral analysis lesson plan, students brainstorm ways to identify rocks and list their ideas on chart paper. Young scholars study samples in pairs and identify the minerals according to A Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals. Students brainstorm about testing minerals for their hardness.
Review the difference between rocks and minerals using this resource. Learners identify and investigate the physical properties of these objects. They create a Venn diagram to compare and contrast types of rocks. This is a motivating way to explore this topic.
Fourth graders investigate the characteristics of rocks.  In this rock and mineral lesson, 4th graders observe rocks and record common characteristics. Students view a video on the rock cycle and pair share additional information on the rocks they've observed.  
Combine politics with science as the class discovers the intricacies of studying rocks and minerals.
Eighth graders identify rocks and minerals and distinguish between the two. They watch a video, classify rocks and minerals, answer video discussion questions, and test various minerals for hardness.
Fifth graders examine different types of rocks and classify rocks by their different characteristics. In small groups they sort their rocks into two categories, then create three categories to sort by on a sorting worksheet. Next, they select three rocks and compare and contrast them and discuss how a rock key works.
Second graders investigate the various uses of rocks and minerals. They examine various rocks and minerals, identify the uses of rocks and minerals, and complete a worksheet.
In this Science activity, students watch an Eyewitness Video about rocks and minerals. Students read the facts and information on the activity to accompany their viewing of the video.
In this rocks and minerals worksheet, students watch a Minerals and Rocks video, then complete 15 short answer questions about geology and different types of rocks and minerals.
Fourth graders examine geology by completing a week long research activity. In this rocks and minerals lesson, 4th graders spend six days exploring different rock formations in class, defining their proper vocabulary terms, identifying geological colors and shapes and writing descriptions about the samples. Students complete the week by taking a geology test.
Students bring in rocks and minerals from home. They observe them and describe them carefully, completing a worksheet. Finally, a classroom exhibit is created.
Students bring rocks and minerals from home to investigate in the classroom. In this rocks and minerals lesson plan, students observe all the rocks and minerals brought into the class and answer 7 questions about the features of the specimen. Students brainstorm how they will classify all the specimens and they set up an exhibit of their collection
Sixth graders investigate the difference between rocks and minerals. They name the three kinds of rocks (sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic) and know the differences between them.
Students, in pairs, use observation skills to identify objects from the past and present in our environment made of rocks and minerals of Illinois.
Third graders create a list of "sparkle words: after reading "Sylvester and the Magic Rock." They record "sparkle words" into their vocabulary. Students chart what they comprehend about minerals Properties. They take a field trip to Rice Rock and Mineral Museum. Students create paper to represent properties of rocks and minerals.
The background information and activity sheet for this lesson are impressive in appearance. The intent is to guide junior geologists though an examination of mineral properties and identification. The problem with the lesson is that it does not differentiate between rocks and minerals. Tests performed do not identify rocks at all, just minerals. The activity sheet calls the unknown specimens rocks, when they are, in fact, minerals. Use the science content written into the plan as a reference, but make sure to omit rocks from the lecture and create an accurate lab sheet.
Students explore, via a CD-ROM, the Virginia's five geological regions and discover the rocks and minerals located in each. In stone kits, they examine samples of rocks and minerals and answer questions about them. After discovering the process of fossilization, a guest speaker explains the uses of rocks and how they are processed.
Students complete activities to study rocks and minerals. In this rocks and minerals instructional activity, students use cookies to participate in a rock and mineral type study. Students record the physical properties of the cookie to learn about rock classification. Students then study, classify, draw, and sort rocks. Students watch PowerPoints about rock classifications and create posters of various rock types.

New Review Backyard Rocks

You don't have to travel far to learn about rocks, just step outside, pick up a stone, and begin investigating. After taking a class walk around the school grounds collecting rocks, young scientists practice their skills of observation by writing brief descriptions and creating sketches of their samples. Students then learn about the three types of rocks - igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic - before working collaboratively in small groups to classify the rocks they collected. Use this lesson to kick of an elementary science unit on rocks and minerals, engaging young learners in exploring the world on which they live.

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