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Supplemental Materials (pdf)
Background For Teachers:
Student Prior Knowledge:
2. Say to the students, "What I just did used rocks and minerals. Do you know how?" If they don't know, explain that chalk is made from calcite, a mineral, and some chalkboards are made from slate(at least in the good old days).
3. Tell the students: "Today we will discover lots of ways we use rocks." Give each pair of children a clipboard, a piece of paper and pencils. Before going outside to the schoolyard, set a purpose. Challenge the pairs of students to discover and write down as many different ways that they can see rocks used outside. Set a time limit of around 10 minutes (adjust as necessary).
4. Return to the classroom and have the students share their lists. Write the uses they discovered on the board (or have a student do this). Now have the students look around the classroom and see if they can discover any more uses of rocks inside the classroom. Add these to your list. Lastly, have the students refer to their homework assignment where they wrote down creative uses for their special rock. You should have quite a list now. (You may want to have your list on chart paper, rather than the chalkboard, so that it will be more permanent and can be added to during your study of rocks.)
5. Lead a class discussion about rocks and their uses. Go through the list you have made and talk about the types of rocks and how they are used. Questions to ask might include:
Strategies For Diverse Learners:
Choose a topic to further explore from the web sites listed under Assessment. Ask students to prepare information to share as a student report using the Big Six Information Literacy Format:
Step 1. Task Definition- About what do I want to learn more?
Use the attached web sites for a web-based assessment.
For a non-web-based assessment, have the students complete the same assignment but without using the internet.
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