Comprehensive Curriculum Links Unit 4
Materials List: per group - Let’s Go Rock Collecting by Roma Gans
or a similar book; Internet; hand lens; Rock Detective BLM; small paper
bags; classroom set of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks;
science learning logs; rocks collected from
Teacher Note: This activity may take two 45 minute instructional periods.
Safety Note: Review safety precautions that should be taken when picking up rocks. For example, make sure that students wash hands after collecting rocks and are listening closely to teacher directions while looking for samples.
Read Let’s Go Rock Collecting by Roma Gans or a similar book before taking students rock collecting. After reading the book, students will complete an anticipation guide (using the Rock Detective BLM before going outside. Students will then become “Rock Detectives” while looking for rocks in their school yard and parking lot. (If rocks are not available around the school yard, the classroom set that was used in Activity 1 could be used instead). Take students on a walking tour of the school yard and parking lot so that they can search for different types of rocks. Provide students with a hand lens and a small paper bag to use when collecting various kinds of rocks. Upon returning to the classroom, have students use their Rock Detective BLM and the rocks that they found to check their anticipation guide.
Teacher Note: Be sure that students stay focused on the common rocks and do not get side tracked on some of the more exotic rock samples. The website is an excellent resource which gives information about common rocks found in yards and gardens, streets and parking lots, railroad tracks, and beaches.
Teacher Note: It is critical that students realize that any rocks that they find probably do not come from Louisiana, but have been transported here by river action or human activity. It is also very important for students to understand that ALL rocks are made from minerals and that some rocks may be composed of only one or two minerals.
Vermilion Parish Schools (Louisiana)