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Animoto Video: "Rocks, Minerals, and Cars" By Tom Kennell

Pre-reading activity designed to spark interest and add relevance to a rock and minerals unit. It can be used with any generic rock and mineral reading selection that emphasizes resource usage.

Online Book

The Water Cycle Book

By Jennifer Norton

This book is intended to teach students about the water cycle through text and pictures. I would introduce this book with a couple of literacy strategies. There is a lot of vocabulary introduced into this book, so I would implement the K.I.M. strategy. This strategy requires students to write out the vocab word, what it means, and draw a picture to help them remember. I would also use graphic organizers to have the students draw out their own water cycle.

The Rock Cycle That Binds Us: The Adventures of Benny the Rock

By Tom Kennell

Benny is born into existence as an igneous rock, and shortly thereafter meets Sarah, another igneous rock who becomes his best friend. They are separated by the cruel forces of weathering, erosion, and plate tectonics, and Benny is uncertain whether or not he will see his friend again. Follow Benny on his journey through the rock cycle, where he experiences the wonder of Earth's processes first hand. He will learn that friendship, like the rock cycle, is never-ending.

I intend to use this book as a text resource for a post-reading activity. Earth Science students can create their own children's book incorporating vocabulary and important concepts as a concluding synthesis activity for a rocks and minerals unit. Enjoy!

Picture Book

Science at the Extreme

Taylor, P.L. (2001). Science at the Extreme: Scientists on the Cutting Edge of Discovery.
McGraw-Hill Companies

Summary: The author of this book gives you the first hand experience of him and his team getting information from the harshest environments possible. In his work there is no other way for him to collect his data other than to be right there in the thick of the first hand experiences.
Copy Status
Connection to Instruction: This book would allow the students to see how information is really gathered and how dangerous it can be to look at our earth.
Literacy Strategies:
  • Graphic organizers to filter information
  • Connect with personal experiences

Trade Fiction/Nonfiction

The New York Times Book of Natural Disasters

Wade, N. (2001). The New York Times Book of Natural Disasters. New York:
Globe Pequot Press
Summary: This book puts together articles that were in the New York Times that showed scientists latest discoveries on natural disasters. It allows the reader to understand what the disaster is and the newest information scientist have on that.
Connection to Instruction: This book would be great when talking about earthquakes, weather and climate. It would allow for the students to get real news stories about discoveries made in natural disasters.
Use of Literacy Strategies:
  • Cause/effect graphic organizer to show how specific event occurred, ex. tornados
  • Create a Think Aloud as you read the articles
  • Coding text as you read along


The Next Big One - Earthquake Technology

Found at http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/earth/the-dynamic-earth/earthquake-technology-faults.html

Connection to Instruction: Allows students to read about earthquakes.

Literacy Strategies:
  • Think Alouds
  • Coding text

Other Web Resource

National Geographic


Summary: This website allows for students to interact with the content, see up to date information as well as view videos.

Connection to Instruction: This would allow for students to have access to many different media venues on the content area being studied.

Literacy Strategies:
  • Graphic organizers
  • KWL charts
  • Responses to video clips as a class