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Rocks and Minerals: Writing Activities and Rubrics

Grade Levels
2nd - 4th, Homeschool
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  1. 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 elementa
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Are you looking for a variety of formative writing assessments and scoring rubrics to help your students explain their science thinking? This Rocks and Minerals activities set is 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:

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

• 2 Venn Diagrams

• 1 Frayer Model

★ Open-ended writing prompts

• 3 Odd One Out options

• 1 Choice Scenario

★ Teacher rubrics for each type of assignment

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Total Pages
13 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 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.


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