I begin this lesson by showing this Bill Nye video. It's a great way to engage students with our new unit of study - Earth changes. This video gives some basic information about rocks and soil that students will use in future lessons.
Since this lesson is mostly direct instruction, I decided to have students take notes in this lesson by creating an Earth Rocks book instead of taking notes in their science notebooks.
To begin this lesson, I show the Rocks, Mineral, and Soil Powerpoint. Rocks Minerals and Soil
As I go through the slideshow, I give the students information about rocks, minerals, and soil, noting the differences, similarities, and characteristics. Some of the information I relay to students can be found in my Earth Rocks information sheet. Earth Rocks information
As I go through the powerpoint, I stop at each slide to give further information. I also direct students to take notes, by creating a book. See below for samples of each book page.
Page 1 - What are Rocks>
Page 2 - Types of Rocks
Page 3 - What are Minerals?
Page 4 - How are Rocks and Minerals Different
Page 5 - What is Soil?
To wrap up this lesson, I show students a mystery sample and ask student to identify if they think it is a rock, mineral or soil. Hear their ideas in this video. Mystery sample
To wrap up this lesson, I direct students to talk with their table partner about how rocks, minerals, and soil are related. As students talk, I circulate around the room to listen in on conversations. Next, I end the lesson with this short summation video.