Learning Exercise

Language Arts and Science with NASA: Compare/Contrast Rock Activity

This lesson is about the study of rocks and organization/focus.
Course: 2nd Grade
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Exercise

Grade Level: Second Grade

Lesson Title: Comparing and Contrasting Rocks

Objectives: 1. Students will compare and contrast rocks.
2. Students will review properties of rocks.
3. Students will write with organization and focus.
4. Students will use the Internet effectively and
responsibly.

CDE Science: 3. Earth is made of materials that have distinct properties and
provide resources for human activities. As a basis for understanding this
concept: 3a. Students know how to compare the physical properties of different
kinds of rocks and know that rock is composed of different combinations of
minerals. 3b. Students know smaller rocks come from the breakage and weathering
of larger rocks. 3c. Students know that 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.

CDE Language Arts: 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). Organization and Focus 1.1: Group related ideas and maintain a
consistent focus. Penmanship 1.2: Create readable documents with legible
handwriting.

NETS: #5: Work cooperatively and collaboratively with peers, family members,
and others when using technology in the classroom. #6: Demonstrate positive
social and ethical behaviors when using technology. #7: Practice responsible use
of technology systems and software. #9: Use technology resources (e.g.,
puzzles, logical thinking programs, writing tools, digital cameras, drawing
tools) for problem solving, communication, and illustration of thoughts, ideas,
and stories.

Website: http://www-curator.jsc.nasa.gov/curator/curator.htm

Anticipatory Set: Students will check out Antarctica Meteor rocks at
http://www-curator.jsc.nasa.gov/curator/antmet/antmet.htm

Critical Teacher Tasks: : 1. Facilitate group discussion. 2. Make technology
available. 3. Encourage observations and collaboration. 4. Assess as needed to
drive instruction.

Critical Student Tasks: 1. Ask questions. 2. Record observations in science
journal. 3. Work along side of peers. 4. Actively participate. 5. Navigate the
websites. 6. Use technology responsibly.

Assessment: Informal as needed by observations of the teacher during class.
Formal as needed per the effort and achievement rubric.
Copyright 2004 Troy Tenhet Jr.

Audience

Technical Notes

LCD PROJECTOR AND LIVE INTERNET REQUIRED. COMPUTERS TOO.

Requirements

Read and write at grade level. Some computer proficiency would be nice.

Topics

Language Arts, Science, and Technology

Learning Objectives

1. Students will compare and contrast rocks.
2. Students will review properties of rocks.
3. Students will write with organization and focus.
4. Students will use the Internet effectively and responsibly.