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Rocks Talk Program Resources

Recommended Reading:

A Rock is Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston illustrations by Sylvia Long
Grades: Kindergarten - 3rd
Lexile Level: IG1110L

Selected because: 
A nice mix of simple observations “a rock is mixed up” and supporting details “minerals are…”
Includes rocks as a resource for humans and other animals. 
Beautiful illustrations, however fonts may be challenging for some readers.

Suggested activities:
Rock and mineral collections – over a period of time, assemble at least 3 unique rocks or minerals – one must be shaped or used by people.

In class, find the volume and mass of your rocks, describe its characteristics and possible use. Predict – is each one igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic, or a mineral?

Expert help – contact your local soil and water conservation district to have an expert come in to help you identify the rocks and try to figure out where they came from. Make a map of the students’ rocks.

Additional ideas can be found in the Chronicle Books teacher guide for A Rock is Lively. (PDF)

Everybody Needs a Rock 
by Byrd Baylor illustrations by Peter Parnalll
Grades: Kindergarten - 3rd
Lexile Level: 420L-820L

Selected because: 
Establishing an emotional relationship with a subject helps to drive interest, the ten "rules" outlined in the non-rhyming poetic narrative encourage readers to consider the physical characteristics of a rock without being specifically scientific. 

Suggested activities:
"How We Use Rocks" Lesson Plan (Utah Education Network) - investigating the physical properties of rocks (PDF)
"Sampling Rocks" Lesson Plan (ScienceNetLinks) - sampling methods and classification (PDF)