It's amazing how quickly students become engaged once you put a paper plate with a mock rock in front of them!
We started our final science unit for 3rd grade, Earth Materials, today where students started making detailed observations of these mock rocks. We talked about properties of objects (shape, size, texture, luster) and students were given hands lenses to help them with these descriptions.
Partnerships then had the chance to break apart their mock rocks! Students had a wonderful time as geologists using tools appropriately.
Tomorrow we will talk about diameter, circumference, and depth and measure these using mock rocks that have not be destroyed yet.
Stay tuned for pictures and a freebie science observation record sheet!