Earth Science-Geology-Our Earth
Grade Level(s): 2/3
Subject: Earth Science/Geology
"ROCKS AND MINERALS: Our Earth "
Our Roots, Our World: An Examination of Our Past.
Our Earth- an ongoing project throughout the unit.
To learn about the different properties of rocks and minerals.
- To be able to identify which rocks are indigenous to various parts of the
- To draw logical conclusions explaining rock distribution throughout the
- To present a Power point presentation for each rock/mineral studied.
California State Standard-Earth Science
3. Earth is made of materials that have distinct properties and provide
resources for human activities.
As the basis for understanding this concept, students know:
a. how to compare the physical properties of different kinds of rocks and that
rock is composed of different combinations of minerals.
b. smaller rocks come from the breakage and weathering of larger rocks.
c. soil is made partly from weathered rock and partly from organic materials,
and that soils differ in their color, texture, capacity to retain water, and
ability to support the growth of many kinds of plants.
Before beginning this project, students will learn the layers of the earth
and the rock cycle.
- The students will research Metamorphic, Igneous and Sedimentary Rocks;
identify the properties/characteristics, the geographical location, and
uses of each type of rock/mineral.
- Using prior knowledge of weathering, natural disasters, etc., students
will write a summary, based on one location of the world, making
predictions as to why certain rocks are pertinent to that area.
California State Standard- 1.0 Writing Strategies
Students write clear and coherent sentences and paragraphs that develop a
central idea. Their writing shows they consider the audience and purpose.
Students progress through the stages of the writing process (e.g., prewriting,
drafting, revising, editing successive versions).
California State Standard- 1.0 Listening and Speaking
Students listen critically and respond appropriately to oral communication.
They speak in a manner that guides the listener to understand important ideas by
using proper phrasing, pitch, and modulation.
- Students will learn how to write friendly and formal letters so that
they may communicate with different students and geologists from around
the world, via e-mail, in order to obtain pertinent information.
- Students will practice research skills, note taking, references.
- Students will keep a daily journal to record information,
thoughts/feelings, and write progress summaries. They will also be
required to record each address they visit and explain what they found
there or why they left the site. Each team will present a Power
point presentation orally to the class.
California State Standard- Social Studies 2.2 Students
demonstrate map skills by describing the absolute and relative locations of
people, places, and environments.
- Students will create and place symbols on a class wall map and
individual maps showing the type of rock/minerals found and the
California State Standard-Technology
Standard 1.0-Technology Productivity Tools-students use technology tools to
enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity. 1.1-Use word
processing applications, 1.2-Use presentation applications to incorporate, text,
graphics, and sound. 1.4 Apply productivity tools.
here for evaluation-Rubric for Power point Presentation