A Rock is Lively

A Rock is Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston illustrations by Sylvia Long
non-fiction
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.