IMG_9117My 3rd graders have spent the last week working on a high interest non-fiction book from National Geographic Kids called Rocks and Minerals.  We started by making a list of what we knew about rocks and minerals and where we thought we could find them.  Initially when we started the kiddos thought rocks and minerals were just the round things we find on the ground out in the woods or lakes.  It was fun to see their learning grow about how rocks are all around us almost everywhere we look.

IMG_9120We learned about the 3 types of rocks: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks and charted the differences on an anchor chart we hung up throughout the entire book and process.

At the end of the book the author told us rocks are everywhere and listed how different rocks are used to make buildings.  Both 3rd graders noticed their counters in their kitchens matched the marble and granite looking rock in the book.  They were surprised that rocks really were EVERYWHERE.

From there I took the kids on a mini-field trip around our building.  The kids took the ipad and were able to take pictures of everything in our building that was made out of rocks or appeared to be made out of rocks and minerals in some way, shape, or form.  We printed off the pictures and using IMG_9121the anchor chart and the book we categorized the pictures we had taken around the school to figure out if our building was made out of igneous, sedimentary, and/or metamorphic rocks.

After they labeled the parts of our school then they had to write about the different parts of our school and what they were made out of.  We learned that our school was made mostly out of sedimentary rock even though igneous rock makes up most of the world’s rocks.

I brought in a bunch of rocks from my son’s rock collection for them to analyze and categorize whether they were igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic rocks.

IMG_9122I was extremely impressed with the information and facts they kept talking about and having a discussion over.  Rocks are everywhere!  I’m proud of all the great work 3rd grade did with their rock and mineral study.