Essential Questions

What do the characteristics of rocks and soil tell us about their past?

How do we use materials we find in our natural world?


1.7  Earth and Space:  The student knows that the natural world includes rocks, soil, and water that can be observed in cycles, patterns, and systems.  The student is expected to:

(A):  observe, compare, describe, and sort components of soil by size, texture, and color.

(C):  gather evidence of how rocks, soil, and water help to make useful products.




Pebbles, Sand, & Silt


First Rocks Plans

 Plans for describing Rocks and their properties 


Students use a Thinking Map to compare and contrast a rock and an M&M.

Three Rocks.doc

Students compare the properties of three rocks and record their observations. 

Rock Property Cards.doc

Use these cards to sort rocks in a Venn Diagram.

My Rock.doc

Students select one rock to observe and record its properties.

Ordering Rocks.doc

Students order 5 rocks by size, texture, or color.

Plans for classifying rocks


Students work with learning buddy to compare their rocks on a Double Bubble Thinking Map.


Plans for sorting and classifying rocks by size


Plans for the soil unit. 


This is a short PowerPoint file to introduce students to soil.