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Rocks and Minerals Earth Science Unit- Breaking it down!

The Owl Teacher

In this exciting unit, students begin by exploring minerals and how they’re identified by utilizing QR Codes and reading about their unique properties. Students then create their own mineral gard... View Full Description
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Categories: 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Science
Product Type: Lesson/Unit Plans

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In this exciting unit, students begin by exploring minerals and how they’re identified by utilizing QR Codes and reading about their unique properties. Students then create their own mineral gardens to practice scientific inquiry. Then students start to study the three types of rocks and how they are formed through a series of hands-on activities. Students complete various explorations and answer riddles to deepen their understanding of rocks. Students explore the rock cycle by creating their own biography of a rock comic strip and rock cycle wheel. Then students develop an understanding of why rocks and minerals are important by exploring their uses in everyday life. To wrap up this unit, students then perform a rock and/or mineral fashion show to demonstrate their understanding.

Who is it for?

  • 2nd Graders, (7 to 8-year-olds)
  • 3rd Graders (8 to 9-year-olds)
  • 4th Graders (9 to 10-year-olds)
  • 5th Graders (10 to 11-year-olds)
  • Homeschoolers
  • Your little scientist
  • Educators

 

What's included?

  •  Lesson Plans
  •  Labs/Experiments
  •  Review Practice Sheets
  •  Journal Pages

In this exciting unit, students begin by exploring minerals and how they’re identified by utilizing QR Codes and reading about their unique properties. Students then create their own mineral gardens to practice scientific inquiry. Then students start to study the three types of rocks and how they are formed through a series of hands-on activities. Students complete various explorations and answer riddles to deepen their understanding of rocks. Students explore the rock cycle by creating their own biography of a rock comic strip and rock cycle wheel. Then students develop an understanding of why rocks and minerals are important by exploring their uses in everyday life. To wrap up this unit, students then perform a rock and/or mineral fashion show to demonstrate their understanding.

This unit utilizes higher level thinking and many different learning styles to meet the needs of nearly all your students. Additionally, it is packed full of nonfiction reading sheets, practice sheets, concept maps, review games/activities, and QR codes!

Unit Overview:
Day 1 I’m Rich! Mineral Gardens (Minerals Introduction)
Day 2 Minerals exploration with QR Codes
Day 3 Let’s Fire Up Some Rocks! (Igneous Rocks)
Day 4 Layer Upon Layer (Sedimentary Rocks)
Day 5 It’s Sedimentary My Dear! (Sedimentary Rock Exploration)
Day 6 Squeezing and Baking (Metamorphic Rocks)
Day 7 Color Rocks! (Exploration of rock formation)
Day 8 Riddle Me Rocks (Rock Type Exploration)
Day 9 Rock Review
Day 10 Around and Around (The Rock Cycle)
Day 11 Biography of a Rock (Rock Cycle Review)
Day 12 Every Man’s Treasure (Uses of Rocks & Minerals)
Day 13 Daily News (Uses of Rocks & Minerals)
Day 14 Rock Art (Reviewing Rocks & Minerals)
Day 15 Fashion Show (Project Based Assessment)

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The Owl Teacher
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I graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors in Science degree and an elementary education certificate. I am certified to teach K-8 Self-Contained and Middle School Science. I have taught ever since graduation,with most of my experience in 5th grade. I'm currently completing my Masters program in Differentiation.  I utilize a lot of differentiated strategies along with the workshop model in reading, writing, math, and sometimes science. I love more hands-on activities that are related to real life for students to explore. I'm not a huge fan of worksheets, but do use them occasionally.

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