The Rock Files is a creative 21 page Rocks and Minerals unit with a detective theme! Students are detectives in search of clues/information about minerals, the 3 rock types, and the rock cycle. Each of the 3 rock types is a “suspect” who students are trying to learn about in order to complete their files and "crack the case". The information they gather helps them complete their “files” and strengthen their knowledge of rocks and minerals! The unit is sprinkled with fun figurative language and puns, turning subject matter that can be dry and dull into something entertaining and creative. Students earn a "Case Closed!" Certificate of Completion once their Rock Files are done.
This unit can be used with a Science textbook, internet resources, or picture books. Answers to the “files” will vary depending on what resources you use to find your information. I included a page of Teacher Notes with 7 websites and 2 online educational games ideal for Promethean/Smart boards.
Unique activities like creating a Wanted poster for each “suspect” and singing the Rock Files Official Theme Song make this rocks and minerals unit different from simply cracking open the Science textbook!
Vocabulary Resource provided.
Differentiation: The Rock Files has 2 versions of the Rock Cycle song. It also has 2 pages for students to draw and label the Rock Cycle. Version 1 is more difficult. Version 2 has a Word Box and is simplified.
*Students will identify the 3 rock types, their characteristics, how they form, where they’re found.
*Students will identify 3 properties of minerals, examples of minerals, and common uses for minerals.
*Students will identify the parts and processes of the rock cycle.
ANNOTATED ANSWER KEY INCLUDED!
Detective themed clip art from Scrappin' Doodles
Rowdy Kinder font from "Rowdy in Room 300"
Line and Dot Frames from "Ci-Me-Teach"