Help students remember rocks and mineral facts with this fun resource that includes task cards, three center or seatwork activities, a whole group activity, plus a rocks and minerals game!
This resource covers the following New Generation Common Core Standards for 4th grade, as well as many state standards now in use for third and fifth grades:
ESS1.C The History of Planet Earth: Local, regional, and global patterns of rock formations reveal changes over time due to earth forces such as earthquakes. The presence and location of certain fossil types indicate the order in which rock layers were formed.
ESS2.A Earth Materials and Systems: Water, ice, wind, living organisms and gravity break rocks, soils, and sediments into smaller particles and move them around.
This resource includes task cards in both black and white, and colored versions (same questions in both versions). This allows you to use the colored version for centers and activities, while reinforcing concepts by printing out a black and white page for a quick quiz or reinforcement after a lesson.Three center/seat work activities are also included, as well as links to great rocks and minerals Websites, plus a simple machine game. By the time your students are finished with all of these resources, they will really know their rocks and minerals facts!
This resource includes:
Table of Contents
Great Web Resources
Great Simple Machine Books
Black and White Task Cards
Colored Task Cards (note: the same questions are on both the black and white and colored task cards sets. Pictures are different to make sure students don't associate the answer only with the picture)
Student Answer Sheet and Grading Key for Task Cards
Three Center/Seat Work Activities
a. Name That Rock: Students cut and paste statements under
the type of rock it describes. (grading key included)
b. What Happened? Students look at a picture and tell what
they think caused the earth change, and decide if it
happened over a short time, or a very long time. (Grading
c. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble: After hearing the story,
students make their own magic pebble, then write about it.
Both lined and unlined pages are included for student use.
Whole Group Activity
Peanut Butter and Jelly Geology: Students hear a story of
how sedimentary rock forms, as they make a sandwich,
then show what happens to land during an earthquake.
The following concepts are addressed in this resource:
Igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks
Changes over time
Streak, hardness and scratch tests
Comments about this resource include:
Just by reviewing this product, I can tell it is great. I am on Rocks and Minerals this week and so I now have next week planned out. So Great!
Lots of goodies to add to any Rocks and Minerals unit!
My students loved these!
This was great to use as a Friday afternoon inquiry. Students read and decided upon cards that they wanted to learn more about and used their iPad as a research tool to search for answers and to 'go further' with their understanding.
Are you interested in a PowerPoint resource that uses the task cards in this resource? If so, check out:
Rocks and Minerals PowerPoint
If you are interested in checking out my other "Science Task Cards and More" resources, check out the links below:
Simple Machines: Science Task Cards and More
Force and Motion: Science Task Cards and More
About this Teacher Author
National Board Certified Teacher (2001-2011), Masters in Curriculum, Gifted Certified, Cobb County Elementary Teacher of the Year, Addison Elementary Teacher of the Year, Bullard Elementary Teacher of the Year, Atlanta Journal and Constitution Honor Teacher finalist ($5000 award), District 3 Georgia Science Teacher of the Year, Author of seven books published by The Child's World Press, Wrote online k-12 social studies and language arts curriculum for Coca Cola, curriculum writer for CNN, curriculum writer for American Legacy Publishers 2009-2014, 25 years teaching experience in grades 1st-4th.
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Rocks and Minerals: Task Cards and More by Jan Bernard is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License