Please read and discuss "Let's
Get Started" page with your students.
Students will be able to identify the rock or mineral or characteristics of each.
They will do Activity 1 and Activity 2 by themselves or in small groups. These are self-checking activities.
PRe-Publication Version-Science Content Standards
3. Earth is made
of materials that have distinct properties and provide
resources for human activities. As the basis for understanding this
concept, students know:
a. how to compare the physical properties of different kinds of
rocks and that rock is composed of different combinations of
b. smaller rocks come from the breakage and weathering of
c. soil is made partly from weathered rock and partly from
organic materials, and that soils differ in their color, texture,
capacity to retain water, and ability to support the growth of
many kinds of plants.
d. fossils provide evidence about the plants and animals that
lived long ago, and scientists learn about the past history of
Earth by studying fossils.
e. rock, water, plants and soil provide many resources
including food, fuel, and building materials that humans use.
Igneous, Sedimentary and Metamorphic Rocks
Rocks and Minerals
Rocks, Minerals and Fossils: Naturespace Science Place
Rocks and Minerals!
The Franklin Institute Science Museum
Let's Go Rock Collecting
Roma Gans, Holly Keller
Magic School Bus: Inside the Earth
Joanna Cole, Bruce Degen
3D Rocks and Minerals (Eyewitness)
Find Out About Rocks
Tony Jennings, Terry Jennings
Rocks and Minerals Coloring Book
Discover Rocks and Minerals: Activity Book
Laura C. Beattie, Pam Folsom
DK Pockets: Rocks and Minerals
Everybody Needs a Rock
Byrd Baylor, Pete Parnall
A First Look at Rocks
Millicent E. Selsam, Joyce Hunt
The Big Rock