Rock Hounds
Lesson Objective
After reading Byrd Baylor's book "Everybody Needs a Rock" (Step 1)
, the student will select a rock, study it, and describe its
Background Information for Teacher
Student Prior Knowledge
Everybody Needs a Rock
by Byrd Baylor (Step 1)
colored sand and glue
assorted rocks
classifying grid
hand lenses
Step-by-Step Guided Lesson
Step 1: Start Video
(Tips: Interact with the video by pausing, to ask questions or discuss information viewed with student.)
Step 2: Teach Lesson
Ask the student, “What is sand?”
Look at sand with hand lenses. Help the student discover that sand is a lot of itty-bitty rocks. Discuss some of the rock attributes
presented (e.g., size, color, shape, and texture) in Everybody Needs a Rock.
Select a rock and study it. Have the student help describe it. Introduce and discuss other rock attributes such as hardness, patterns,
crystals, etc. Complete the description of the rock. Have the student select another rock, and then describe and classify their rock.
Write down the descriptions.
You can repeat until the student has had the opportunity to study each rock.
Step 3: Complete the worksheet attached below.
Worksheets needed to complete the lesson
Step 4: Review for the next day. Start the next lesson with the game or activity attached below for review so the student can
demonstrate understanding of this lesson before moving forward.
Classifying Game (offline). Use the Worksheet from Step 3 and have the student search the house to find items that match the
descriptions in each box.