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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Trade Book Lesson on Rocks

I am loving our trade book lessons. We ordered kits that go along with the Picture Perfect books written by Karen Ansberry and Emily Morgan. Everything you need for a great science lesson in a box.

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Mrs. Minks's second grade class at Eglin Elementary came to our Science Station yesterday and taught the lesson, "If You Find a Rock" with her students. They have been studying rocks for the last few weeks in their classroom. Their first visit to the lab, they did an AIMS lesson called "My Rock" in which they chose a rock and measured, weighed, and described their rock.

This lesson consisted of using the trade books If You Find a Rock by Peggy Christian and Rocks: Hard, Soft, Smooth, and Rough by Natalie M. Rosinsky.

To engage her students, Mrs. Minks read the first book and discussed some of the rocks that were talked about in the book, such as a wishing rock, skipping rock, chalk rock, resting rock, splashing rock, and worry rock. Then the students went to the lab tables to work in pairs. They were given 6 types of rocks to examine. The 6 rocks were: sandstone, limestone, granite, marble, and obsidian. After examining them for different properties such as shape, size, color, texture, and luster, the students then chose one to do a further study of. They filled out a chart for their work. These charts are wonderful tools for making sure that the students really understand the science terms such as texture and luster. They also measured and were able to draw, label, and describe their rock. Great skills all rolled up in one lesson.
Mrs. Minks's students were very engaged and enjoyed the lesson. I was very impressed with their ability to follow directions and fill out their science chart.

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I loved the way Mrs. Minks came and got the lesson and adapted it to her class. The Explore phase of this lesson was about sorting rocks, and since she had done that with the previous lesson, she moved onto the second activity that had them work with the science chart.

The lesson called for children to bring in rocks, and since we live near the Gulf Coast we don't have an abundance of rocks. I have collected rocks from other places to have in our lab. We can find shells galore, but not so many rocks. It is always fun for the students in our area to work with rock because of that. When my own son, now 21, was little he used to fill his pockets full of rocks anytime we went further north. I have a tub of rocks that he collected over the years.

The other thing that I love about these trade book lessons is that there is so much that you can do for the students' content reading skills with the trade books. The second book which was taken back to class goes into depth about the three kinds of rocks. They will be able to think back to the rocks they used in the lab and classify them to the correct type of rock. The nonfiction book was packed with illustrations and a chart just like the one they used in the lab.
Great job, Mrs. Minks.

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