We are going to become "rock hounds" and start collecting rocks!
It is important for your collection to be made up of a lot of rocks that are different from each other. The important thing is to find VARIETY.
In the classroom we will examine Mrs. Eller's huge rock collection.
Using her rocks, we will explore and notice that rocks have many different characteristics. For example:
1. shiny or dull?
2. smooth or rough?
3. hard or soft?
4. heavy or light?
5. come in many different colors
6. might have more than one color
7. may have different patterns like spots or stripes
1. Do NOT collect pebbles. These are rocks, yes, but they have been smoothed down so much that it is very hard/impossible to identify what kind of rock it is. There are pictures posted below of what pebbles typically look like. Keep in mind that a rock could be a broken pebble. Those have one rough side which can fool you if you aren't careful.
2. The size of a rock has nothing to do with what kind of rock it is. Think of it like this: couldn't you take a big rock and break it into 2 or 3 pieces? Does that magically change what kind of rock it is? No, of course not. So don't make decisions based on if a rock is big or little.
3. If you go to one place in your yard or in the park, usually the rocks placed together are typically the same kind of rock. So choose the best one and then move to a new place to find a new rock. This is especially true if you look at yards that have been landscaped with rocks. You might notice a whole section has white, shiny rocks or reddish rocks. These are placed there to make the yard beautiful and they are all the same kind of rock.
4. The rocks can't be too small or too big.
So...they need to be at least as big as your thumb.
And they can't be bigger than an egg.
5. Rocks will be due on Mondays. BUT, as you collect rocks, you might have questions about them. It is a good idea to show me any rocks you have questions about. Then I can help you get rid of duplicates or pebbles.
I'm here to help you, okay? So ask me for help!
6. Once you have some rocks collected, when you choose new rocks, you need to compare them to all the rocks in your blue rock box. So if you found a white shiny rock last week, you can't choose a white shiny rock this week.
Does that make sense?
7. Finally, don't procrastinate. It is easy to put something like this off and say, "I'll do that tomorrow." Or, "I'll wait till the weekend." But actually, the best way is to grow some Rock Hound Eyes. It won't be long till you start noticing rocks wherever you go.
SO...TIME TO START HUNTING!
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