for Rock Day
will list the three different types of rocks, where rock comes from, and objects
in their environment which are made from rock.
A book about rocks, such as The
Magic School Bus Inside the Earth by Joanna Cole, or a link to the
following site for information; http://www.fi.edu/fellows/payton/rocks/create/index.html.
Chart Paper or Chalkboard
A collection of different types
of rock, if available, or pictures of different rocks may be used at the
above mentioned web site.
Ask the students to think of
items in their environment which are made out of rocks. Typically they
will only be able to name a few, if any. List these on the chart paper
or blackboard. Next ask them if they know where rocks come from.
Read the book or share the
information at the web site. Focus on the facts of how the earth is
made of rock and how the 3 different types of rocks are formed.
Sedimentary - settled dust and sand which have been pressed together over
time, turning into rock. Metamorphic - one kind of rock has been
changed by heat and pressure, turning into a new kind of rock. Igneous
rocks - also called fire rocks are formed from melted rock, such as lava,
which have cooled. Link the following words together to help the
students remember what the 3 types mean: sedimentary - settle, metamorphic -
change, igneous - fire. If real examples of some of these rocks are
available, share them. If not allow the children to view pictures of
these different types of rocks in books or on the aforementioned web site.
Also share information on items
in our environment which are made from rock. The Magic School Bus
Inside the Earth contains information on this topic as well as the
following link; http://www.fi.edu/fellows/payton/rocks/expert/index.html.
Once the book and/or information
have been shared, ask the students to add to their list of items made from
rock. Include items such as; concrete, chalk, chalkboards, statues,
bricks, roads, etc. If possible, go outside and look around for
objects made from rock.
Pass out the Rock
Worksheet. Depending on the age of the class, either complete the
worksheet together or have the students do it independently. Younger
students may draw pictures of items made from rock at the bottom of the
Have the students classify their
rocks they brought in according to different attributes, such as color,
texture, size, etc. This would be most appropriate for younger
students. They may determine the characteristics for classification on
Have the students write
observation sheets on their rocks. For example, its color, texture,
size, distinguishing features, etc. They may draw a picture to
accompany their description. Display the rocks and descriptions in a
Have a lesson on fossils. Use
one of the following links for reference http://web.ukonline.co.uk/conker/fossils/,