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Grade : 3  Rocks and Minerals

Instructional Design: Kelly Raypold

Stage 1 - Desired Results

Established Goals:
Students will record observations using captioned pictures an charts using  computer resources.
Students will describe the properties of a rock or mineral by using the following words; colour, lustre, texture, hardness, presence of carbonates and crystal shapes.

ICT Outcomes:
Below is a pdf file identifying all of the ICT outcomes touched on throughout this project. Click on the file to download it to your computer.

Enduring Understandings:
Students will understand that rocks and minerals have different properties.
Concept of classification.

Essential Questions:
Why do we organize and classify objects?

Students will know and be able to:
* Knowledge of the rock property terminology.
* Knowledge of various types of rocks and minerals.

Stage 2 - Assessment Evidence

Performance Task(s)
You have been hired by a trading card company to create a series of cards that will inform students on various rocks and minerals Your cards must include information about the  color, luster, texture, location and, interesting facts about your rock or mineral.

Your project will be marked according to a rubric.

Other Evidence (Quizzes, test, etc)

Self Assessment

Stage 3 - Learning Plan

Teaching and Learning Activities
Introduction of project
Show Rubric
Look at rocks and minerals

Computer lab
Class 1: Review Logon and off. Drag Inspiration document into personal folder. Follow links from Inspiration. Begin gathering information. Save.

Class 2: Logon. Continue gathering information. Save.

Class 3: Logon. Complete information gathering. Print out outline from.

Students use information gathered to write out sentences during classtime. Use trading card template to write out text.

Class 4: Logon. Drag trading card template to private folder. Show how to copy and paste pictures.
Begin typing in information.

Class 5-6: Complete card. Dupilicate on secong trading card. Print

Additional Teacher Resources
These are documents for teachers and/or students that were developed to support the project.  Documents will always be available in pdf format as well as in the original format created (e.g. MS Word, AppleWorks, Inspiration, etc)
Rock_trading_card.cwk Rock_trading_card .pdf


Click to download Rubric
No Rubric available

Student Exemplars

The following exemplars represent an excellent, adequate and limited student samples. Please click on the exemplar to download a copy.


 Last Modified: 17 June,2004