The student is expected to observe, describe, compare, and sort rocks by size, shape, color, and texture.
The student knows that the natural world includes Earth materials.
What is Geology? What does a Geologist Do? Geology.com (website) - Learn the fundamentals of geology and the work of a geologist.
Resources for Teachers and Students of Geoscience in Texas: Bureau of Economic Geology (website) - Numerous resources related to geology and Earth science, including links to publications, a virtual rock kit, Earthview Texas, and more.
Properties of Rocks: Baylor College of Medicine (PDF) - Students will observe, describe, compare and sort rocks by several properties.
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
Rock, Rocks & More Rocks: Illinois State Museum Geology Online (website) - Introductory lesson in which students observe and sort rocks according to geologic properties.
Geology in the Classroom: Cochise College (website) - Hands-on investigation that will make children more aware of the rocks in their neighborhood and also get their parents involved in the learning process.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Collecting Rocks: Illinois State Museum Geology Online (website) - Students acquire knowledge of rocks, how they are formed, how they are used, and how to collect them.
Rock, Soil, or Water? Texas AgriLIFE Extension Service (PDF) - Review the properties of rocks, soil and water with this interactive physical education game.
Give each student a bag containing four rocks. Have students draw pictures of the rocks in their science notebooks and verbally describe the rocks’ physical properties, including size, shape, color, and texture.
Let’s Go Rock Collecting. Gans, Roma (ISBN 0064451703)
Let’s Look at Rocks. Cipriano, Jeri (ISBN 0736828974)
Rocks: Hard, Sort, Smooth, and Rough. Rosinsky, Natalie (ISBN 1404800158)
Properties of Rocks and Soil: University of Missouri, eThemes (website) - Learn about the properties of rocks and soil, how rocks are made, and how soil is formed.