Science Shorts: Science Rocks!by: Dorothy Prestwich, Joseph Sumrall, and Debby A. Chessin

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It all began one Monday morning. Raymond could not wait to come to large group. In his hand, he held a chunk of white granite he had found. “Look at my beautiful rock!” he cried. The rock was passed around and examined by each student. “I wonder how rocks are made?” wondered one student. “Where do they come from?” asked another. At this moment, a new unit was born. This article describes this inquiry-based science unit that engages students in an exploration of the rock cycle.

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  • on Wed Apr 24, 2013 10:28 AM

This easy to read article discusses how a teacher taught a rock unit with SPED students. It can also apply to elementary students. The recipes for making types of rocks are quite simple and quick to do.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Fri Apr 27, 2012 10:46 AM

Special education teachers experience daily special education needs students that provide challenges to learning big ideas. This article provides a lesson created by a special ed teacher for their special education students. The purpose of this article is to show teachers with inclusion classrooms how to challenge their special ed students. What is really valuable in this lesson is the list of nine Things to Keep in Mind inserted into Figure 1 that helps a regular ed teacher understand the mindset of a special need situation. I highly recommend this insightful example of what we all should be doing.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Sat Oct 15, 2011 11:25 AM

Use concrete examples and labs to teach students about the different types of rocks. Although this article was written for special education students, the teaching strategies will be valuable for any young learner. Students will enjoy making "metamorphic rocks" from jelly beans, "igneous" rocks from chocolate chips, and "sedimentary" rocks from graham crackers and icing.Good activity for building models and developing process skills. You will need to develop questions to support the inquiry process since the article lacks this aspect.

Patricia McGinnis  (Pottstown, PA)
Patricia McGinnis (Pottstown, PA)

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