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?

TEKs:

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.

 

rock.collecting.png

 

Pebbles, Sand, & Silt

 

First Rocks Plans

 Plans for describing Rocks and their properties 

Rock.and.MM.doc

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.

Strategies.assist.Ss.describing.rocks.doc 

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.

First.rocks.assess.doc

Classifying.rocks.plans.doc

Plans for classifying rocks

 Comparing.Our.Rocks.doc

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

Classifying.rocks.assess.doc

RiverRocks.plans

Plans for sorting and classifying rocks by size 

River.rocks.assess.doc

 Soil.plans.doc

Plans for the soil unit. 

Soil.ppt

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

humus.observation.sheet.doc

Homemade.soil.doc

Our.soil.learning.doc

soil.assess.doc