This is a HUGE unit to help you teach rocks and minerals. NOTE: This unit is not just a bunch of worksheets. This is 3 weeks worth of actual lessons that explain what to do and say every step of the way. This resource will save you hours of work because everything is all planned out in my easy-to-follow lesson plans. Please click the preview
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This resource will give you 3 weeks worth of material. Whether you're a rookie that doesn't know the difference between a rock and a mineral, or a veteran that's been teaching Earth Science for many years, this product can benefit you and your students. It can either provide an entire unit for you, or it can be used to enhance your own unit.
Included are 8 lesson plans that are interactive, engaging, hands-on,
and very detailed. Five of the lesson plans follow the 5E Model.
My lesson plans are written so thoroughly, that even a sub could pick them up and know what to do! Each lesson also includes a teacher note that gives the background knowledge and content a teacher would need to know in order to teach that lesson. My notes explain the difference between rocks and minerals, what the properties of minerals are, the difference between weathering and erosion, how each type of rock is formed, and so much more. These notes will save you so much time because you won’t need to try and research the content yourself, I've already done the research for you!
This unit is ideally taught with real rocks and minerals for the students to touch, feel, and study. But what if you can’t get specimens for your class? The great thing about this unit is that it includes real photographs
of the rocks and minerals that you will need in each lesson. Just print them off in color and you’re ready to go!
Along with 8 detailed lesson plans and real photographs, this unit includes:
•A shopping list that includes everything you will need to buy/gather for this unit
•Vocabulary posters and Rock Cycle posters
•5 different title page choices for student booklets
•Graphic organizers needed for each lesson
•Answer keys for all graphic organizers
•Rock Cycle Story activity
•A Relay-Race review game
•A Rocky Land review board game
•32 Task Cards
•A Study Guide
•End of unit assessment
•End of unit assessment answer key
8 DETAILED LESSONS (5 of which follow the 5E Model)
Lesson 1 Hershey’s vs. Snickers (An introductory lesson that teaches the difference between rocks and minerals. This lesson follows the 5E model.)
Lesson 2 All about Minerals (A lesson that teaches the properties of minerals and Mohs Scale of Hardness. This lesson follows the 5E model.)
Lesson 3 Station Rotation (Students will identify an unknown mineral by rotating from station to station and studying its properties. This lesson follows the 5E model.)
Lesson 4 Rock or Mineral? (Students try and decide whether each specimen is a rock or a mineral.)
Lesson 5 My Rock (Students observe and draw a rock. Then they list the minerals found inside of it.)
Lesson 6 Sorting Rocks (Students get to bring their own rocks from home and sort them in groups. They then learn about the three main categories rocks are sorted into: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. This lesson follows the 5E model.)
***UPDATE ADDED ON NOVEMBER 7th 2017: This lesson plan now includes a PowerPoint to help you teach the 3 types of rocks and interactive notebook pages.***
Lesson 7 Classifying Rocks (Students observe the characteristics of various rocks to determine whether it is igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic.)
Lesson 8 The Starburst Experiment (Students use Starbursts to complete the rock cycle. This lesson follows the 5E model.)
REAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF ROCKS AND MINERALS
Mineral photographs include: mica, quartz, feldspar, sulfur, calcite, gypsum, and pink halite.
Igneous photographs include: pumice, scoria, basalt, granite, gabbro, and obsidian
Sedimentary photographs include: sandstone, limestone, conglomerate, coal, and shale
Metamorphic photographs include: gneiss, schist, slate, soapstone, marble, and quartzite.
geologist, rock, mineral, luster, Mohs Scale, hardness, acid reaction, mineral cleavage, sediments, igneous rock, sedimentary rock, metamorphic rock, intrusive igneous, extrusive igneous, lava, magma, weathering, erosion, compaction and cementation, rock cycle, and gemstone.
This unit will save you hours of work because EVERYTHING is all planned out in my easy-to-follow lesson plans.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
4-ESS1-1. Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.
Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth's materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.
MS-ESS2-2. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales
And Utah SEEd Standard 7.2.1 Develop a model of the rock cycle to describe the relationship between energy flow and matter cycling that create igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks.
If you are interested in buying just parts of this unit, I also have the following products:
Hershey's vs. Snickers
A lesson that you can use to introduce your rocks and minerals unit. It teaches the difference between a rock and a mineral.
Mineral Lesson Plans
Two lesson plans that teach about the properties of minerals.
Rock Cycle Lesson with Starbursts
A very thorough lesson plan that teaches the Rock Cycle using Starbursts. It also includes a narrative writing activity.
Rocks and Minerals Study Guide and Test
I have used this test for 3 years, and it each year the students that did well on my test, did well on the rocks and minerals portion of the SAGE test. It also comes with a review game.
Rocks and Minerals Posters
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