Kicking off our Rocks and Minerals unit in Science has lead us through some interesting conversations regarding what rocks are made up of and questioning how old they are, where they have been, and if each rock or stone could talk - the stories it might be able to tell you.
Students began by investigating attributes and sorting objects based on their physical features. In partners they came up with a sorting rule and placed items into two groups (sorting by one attribute). As they moved on to sorting by two and three attributes the number of their groups got bigger and the items in each group got smaller.
ASK ME ABOUT: Ask your child about our silent sorting activity of the students in our class. What attributes did you try to sort by in the activity? Which one was the 'secret' attribute? What sorting rule created the most amount of groups?
Tasked with finding rocks in our playground that fit particular attributes, students set out to build our collection and sort our findings into a variety of groups.
ASK ME ABOUT: Have you found your special rock yet? Which rock are you planning to bring to school? If that rock could talk what do you think it would say? What questions might you ask your rock?
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