Lesson Plan

3 Types of Rocks

Students will study the 3 classifications of rocks: igneous, metamorphic, sedimentary through research and observation.
Jennifer H.
Technology coordinator
St. Clair Elementary School
St. Clair, MO
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to...

  • observe and describe the physical properties and different components of rocks
  • observe and recognize examples of slow changes in the Earth’s surface
  • in a collaborative work group, use a variety of technolgies to produce a digital presentation in a curriculum area (NETS)
English Language Arts
Grades 2
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Introduction

Activity: Reading

Ask: What do you already know about rocks?

Create an Alpha Box Chart listing all the ideas that students have related to rocks.

Tell students they will be able to identify and describe 3 types of rocks and why they are important.

Share & Read one of the books listed below: 

  • Rocks: Hard, Soft, Smooth, Rough by Natalie M. Rosinsky
  • Let's Go Rock Collecting by Roma Gans

Revisit the Alpha Box to add new information students know about rocks.

Student Instructions

Invite students to turn & talk about their ideas and knowledge of rocks.

2 Teach 1

Remind students they will be able to identify and describe 3 types of rocks and why they are important.

Review & Ask if they have any new information to add to their Alpha Box Chart.

Explain to students that they are going to watch the Rocks & Minerals video from BrainPOP Jr..  Create Google Doc.  titled, Video Notes, so students can keep track of new info learned while watching the video.

Review the shared Google Document, Video Notes, with the class to see if they need to add any new key words to their Alpha Box Chart.

Optional: Take the BrainPOP Jr. quizzes with the class at the end of the video


Student Instructions

Encourage students to type any new information they have learned from BrainPOP Jr. in a shared Google Document title: Video Notes  in Google Classroom.  (students may also write notes using pen & pencil as an exit slip)

Invite students to add any new information to the Alpha Box Chart.

3 Teach 2

Remind students they will be able to identify and describe 3 types of rocks and why they are important.

Explain to students that a  geologist studies  how our earth is made, what it is made of, and how it changes over time.

Explore the website, OneGeology.org with the class focusing on What is Geology?

Explain to students that they will become geologists for the day.  Display different grouping of a rock collection within the classifications of igneous, metamorphic,sedimentary.  Provide tools, such as magnifying glasses, observation notebooks, etc for students to use.  Allow students to explore all rocks and record the following information: rock type, luster,size,color,texture

Student Instructions

Invite students to observe and explore the rock collection.  Students should record their findings in their observation notebooks.

4 Teach 3

Ask using research and observations as a geologists what makes rocks so important to us?

Guide students to create a Google Slide Presentation about facts of each type of rock.  Even allowing students to insert pictures into their slideshow presentation.

*Here's an example of the format of slideshow that can be sent to students in Google Classroom    


Student Instructions

Invite students to turn & talk about their research and observation about their new knowledge of rocks.

Encourage students to collaborate on slideshow presentation.

5 Teach 4


Have students collaborate in groups to come up with questions based on their Google Slideshow that can be used to create a game in FlipQuiz.