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McREL Standards Activity


A Collection of Rocks


Purpose:As a result of this activity, students will know that rocks come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors.
Related Standard & Benchmarks:
Science
 Standard 2.Understands Earth's composition and structure
   Level I [Grade K-2]
   Benchmark 2. Knows that rocks come in many different shapes and sizes (e.g., boulders, pebbles, sand)
Language Arts
 Standard 1.Uses the general skills and strategies of the writing process
   Level I [Grade K-2]
   Benchmark 6. Uses writing and other methods (e.g., using letters or phonetically spelled words, telling, dictating, making lists) to describe familiar persons, places, objects, or experiences
Language Arts
 Standard 5.Uses the general skills and strategies of the reading process
   Level I [Grade K-2]
   Benchmark 6. Understands level-appropriate sight words and vocabulary (e.g., words for persons, places, things, actions, and feelings; words that appeal to the senses; high frequency words such as said, was, and where)
Student Product:Visual display
Material & Resources:
Bags/backpacks for carrying rocks
Materials for creating displays (e.g., poster board, egg cartons, markers or crayons, tacky poster putty or other adhesive)
Teacher's Note:An alternative to a field trip is to have students collect rocks outside of class, or to provide the students with a large assortment of rocks.
Activity
Take a field trip to some location where there are a lot of rocks (and where it is okay to remove rocks from the premises).  Have the students work individually or in small groups to collect a variety of rocks; encourage them to look for a variety of colors, sizes, shapes, and textures.  You may want to require that they collect a set number of rocks.  While it may be necessary to limit the size of collected rocks, make sure that all students get to see any very large or heavy rocks that are found.  If desired, you could provide a small pail of water so that students can wet their rocks to see their colors better.  Back in the classroom, students should rinse and dry their rocks if necessary.  They should organize their rocks according to their size, shape and/or color and arrange them into a display; for example, they could attach the rocks to a poster board and use the markers to label them or organize them in the wells of an egg carton.  Provide students with a list of relevant, key vocabulary words (see sample lists at end of activity); ask them to use as many words from the list as is appropriate and possible when putting labels on their displays.  Follow up by allowing students to view others’ displays; encourage them to share comments on the diversity of rocks that were collected, as well as knowledge about names for the different sizes, colors, etc.







        Sample Lists of Key Vocabulary Words:
        Kindergarten        First Grade        Second Grade
big
little
blue
brown
gray
green
red
yellow
and
huge
small
tiny
color
black
gold
white
very
clean
part
only
heavy
large
thin
wide
shape
shine
pretty
rare
dirt
bottom
center
top
few