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Rocks and Minerals: Science and Literacy Bundle

Grade Levels
3rd - 4th, Homeschool
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    This bundle can help your students write and talk about their science learning! Use these writing prompts, paired passages, and non-fiction passages about rocks and minerals to get your students thinking scientifically!

    These activities are perfect for informal or formal assessment of your elementary students’ ability to write about science! Use them for both writing and science grades too!

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    This set includes:

    Writing Organizers/Rubrics:

    ★ 2 Graphic Organizers - great for note-taking or formative assessment

    ★ 2 open-ended writing prompts

    ★ 4 teacher rubrics (one per assignment)

    Paired Passages:

    ★ 2 informational/non-fiction passages about rocks on 3 differentiated levels

    ★ 1 open-ended writing prompt

    ★ 1 open-ended writing rubric

    ★ 1 short answer page with sample answers

    ★ 1 multiple-choice quiz on 3 differentiated levels

    • Level 1: 4 questions, Level 2: 6 questions, Level 3: 8 questions

    ★ Multiple Choice Answer Key

    ★ 1 graphic organizer

    Reading Passages/Questions:

    ★ 5 differentiated reading passages (an above level option & an on/below level option)

    • Choice of passage + differentiated open-ended questions
    • Choice of passage + four OR six multiple choice questions (depending on level)
    • 5 Writing Prompts
    • 5 Grading Rubrics for Writing Prompts
    • 10 vocabulary cards about rocks and minerals (can be cut out to match them or folded in half to use as flashcards)
    • 10 true/false questions about rocks and minerals
    • 8 matching questions about rocks and minerals

    Check out these additional Science and Literacy Resources!

    Inherited Traits Resources (3-LS3-1):

    Life Cycles Resources (3-LS1-1):

    Fossils Resources (3-LS4-1):

    Animal Groups Resources (3-LS2-1):

    Habitats Resources (3-LS4-3):

    Environmental Changes Resources (3-LS4-4):

    Rocks and Minerals Resources (4-ESS1-1):

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    *3rd Grade*

    3rd Grade Operations/Algebraic Thinking (OA) Constructed Response Problems

    3rd Grade Numbers/Operations Base Ten (NBT) Constructed Response Problems

    3rd Grade Fractions (NF) Constructed Response Problems

    3rd Grade Measurement/Data (MD) Constructed Response Problems

    3rd Grade Geometry (G) Constructed Response Problems


    3rd Grade ALL Math Standards Constructed Response Problems

    Total Pages
    74 pages
    Answer Key
    Included with rubric
    Teaching Duration
    3 Weeks
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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time. Examples of evidence from patterns could include rock layers with marine shell fossils above rock layers with plant fossils and no shells, indicating a change from land to water over time; and, a canyon with different rock layers in the walls and a river in the bottom, indicating that over time a river cut through the rock. Assessment does not include specific knowledge of the mechanism of rock formation or memorization of specific rock formations and layers. Assessment is limited to relative time.
    Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
    Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.
    Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.
    Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.


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