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Science - 4th Grade
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Standard 3
Students will understand the basic properties of rocks, the processes involved in the formation of soils, and the needs of plants provided by soil.
Objective 1
Identify basic properties of minerals and rocks.
  • Classifying Rocks and Minerals
    Students identify rock types by observing key characteristics.
  • Mineral Magic
    After finding the similarities and differences of school supplies and pasta, students will classify rocks and minerals according to their characteristics.
  • Minerals and Rocks
    Students explore the differences between minerals and rocks. They sort and identify 9 minerals based on their characteristics. After learning the differences between sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks; students classify 12 common rocks found in Utah. Students learn uses for these common rocks and look at pictures of their formations found in Utah. Finally, students learn about the rock cycle and understand how rocks can change over time.
  • NHMU: Create Your Own Rock!
    Students will create and name their own rock by combining paper minerals.
  • NHMU: Rock Cycle
    Through playing the Rock Cycle Game students will gain an understanding of the cycles that form metamorphic, sedimentary and igneous rocks.
  • NHMU: This is Your Rock, This is My Rock
    Students will learn to recognize a variety of rocks and minerals found in Utah as well as their identifying characteristics.
  • Rock Discovery
    Students will identify rocks in this discovery lesson by examining rock characteristics and processes.
  • TRB 4:3 - Investigation 1 - Minerals vs. Rocks
    This activity will help students understand the basic properties of rocks and minerals.
  • TRB 4:3 - Investigation 2 - Classifying Rocks
    Students will identify basic properties of minerals and rocks.

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