Our district is so lucky to have the wonderful April Larremore as our K & 1st Strategist and she has a wealth of knowledge and is such a GREAT reasource. Her blog Chalk Talk: A Kindergarten Blog. She has excellent ideas for both K and 1st grade for all subjects. Her Rock Unit was definitely used in our class this year. We did the activity below, and the students LOVED it!
The sheet was created by April, it works for K and 1st. After reading several rock poems and books, completing a Flow Map of the breakdown of a rock, the students completed this. It really helped them see and understand that sand is actually really tiny rocks. They thought that was so "cool"... and that is a direct quote! Ha!!!