Digging Into Rocks With Young Childrenby: Kathy Trundle, Heather Miller, and Lawrence Krissek

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An investigation uncovers student knowledge of rocks while laying a foundation for scientific understanding.

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  • on Fri Sep 09, 2016 12:41 PM

This article was a wonderful resource when planning a science lesson for third graders! This article demonstrated how it is important for the students to not start out with the misconception that color and size is a good property of rocks- which it is not. This is a great article that gives a good example of a lesson and how to get students to start thinking about the properties of rocks.

Victoria Wilt
Victoria Wilt

  • on Thu Oct 15, 2015 12:39 PM

This article gives detailed descriptions of exploring rocks with children. It is an easy read, and flows very well. I really enjoyed the pictures, especially the picture of student's data sheet on the information he collected about his rock. There are different lessons to do with multiple different age groups of students, and there are a lot of examples that help to apply the examples into a classroom setting.

Michelle  (Finksburg, MD)
Michelle (Finksburg, MD)

  • on Wed May 15, 2013 10:42 AM

Children seem to gravitate toward rocks as they pick them up and start a collection. This article gives an excellent and detailed description of exploring rocks with students. It gives suggestions for several grade levels and includes many science process skills to use with students.

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

  • on Fri Sep 30, 2016 11:56 AM

I found this article to be very helpful in the planning of a lesson on rock properties for third graders. It really gave some great ideas for introducing rocks into the classroom, as well as what properties apply to rocks and which are not as helpful for classification. This journal is definitely an informative read if you are looking into teaching about rock properties!

Alyssa Baum
Alyssa Baum

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