Activity

Reading Adventure Pack: Rocks

A Reading Adventure Pack focuses on rocks. Scholars take part in three activities after reading a fiction and nonfiction text—The Jade Stone, a Chinese folktale adapted by Caryn Yacowitz, and Rocks in His Head by Carol Otis Hurst. First, pupils use their observation skills to examine the details of a rock and paint it. Second, they begin a rock collection and curate their treasures like a museum. Finally, learners write a haiku poem about rocks.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Display rock collections and conduct a gallery walk around the classroom
  • Put on a poetry showcase; invite pupils to read their poem in front of their peers
  • Take a walk around the classroom or neighborhood, encourage participants to leave their painting rocks somewhere for someone else to view
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires The Jade Stone, a Chinese folktale adapted by Caryn Yacowitz, and the nonfiction book Rocks in His Head by Carol Otis Hurst
  • The pack is designed to be completed at home with an adult
Pros
  • Activities meet a variety of learning styles
  • Plans are written clearly and in detail
Cons
  • None