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Intended Learning Outcomes:
2. Ask students to write what they know about rocks. What do they look like? What are their characteristics? Where do they come from?
3. Encourage students to bring at least ten different rocks to class. Students are usually very eager to bring collections to school; however, you will need to have a supply of different types of rocks on hand for those students who forget to bring their rocks on the appointed day.
4. Have the students work with a partner. Give an egg carton and magnifying glass to each pair. Have the students pool their rocks so each pair of students has 20 rocks. Give them rocks if necessary.
5. As pairs, have the students observe, discuss, and write about the different characteristics of their rocks. Instruct students to make a list of the different characteristics of their collected rocks.
6. Using the egg carton, have the pairs organize and classify their rocks into self-selected categories (such as: large/small size, dark/light colored, dull/shiny luster, single/multi-colored, rough/smooth texture).
7. Have each pair discuss their findings with a neighboring pair.
8. Have each student make an illustration of one of their rocks that shows two different characteristics. They should also write a description of one of their rocks. Encourage students to share their illustrations and written description with their partners.
9. Instruct your students to write questions about rocks. What are some other things they would like to know about rocks? What would they like to learn about the rocks they collected?
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