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.

Science Standards:
 PRe-Publication Version-Science Content Standards
Earth Sciences

          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
                    larger rocks.

                    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.

Teacher Links:

 teacher links
 Igneous, Sedimentary and Metamorphic Rocks
 Def/Rock/MinClassifying Rocks
Rocks and Minerals
Rocks, Minerals and Fossils: Naturespace Science Place
Rocks and Minerals!
Sedimentary Rocks
 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)
    Cally Oldershaw
Find Out About Rocks
    Tony Jennings, Terry Jennings
Rocks and Minerals Coloring Book
    T.D. Burns
Discover Rocks and Minerals: Activity Book
    Laura C. Beattie, Pam Folsom
DK Pockets: Rocks and Minerals
    Sue Fuller
Everybody Needs a Rock
    Byrd Baylor, Pete Parnall
A First Look at Rocks
    Millicent E. Selsam, Joyce Hunt
The Big Rock
    Bruce Hiscock