It's 3:00 in the morning and I am still singing the lyrics to 3 Types of Rocks: "There are 3 types of rocks in geology..." I love this song! It has a catchy tune, but more importantly it teaches an important concept - or so I thought. I often use music to teach concepts to my students. Well, after singing this song over and over, I realized the third grade standards (in Georgia anyway) does not mention anything about learning the different types of rocks nor the rock cycle for that matter! Hummm . . . .
It does say, however, that "Students will investigate the physical attributes of rocks and soils ... using observation, measurement, and simple tests..." Well, what do you know about that? So I created a Rock Journal for my students to record their observations and tests. You can see it here on my Teachers Pay Teachers store. But if you follow my blog and leave a comment below, I will send you a copy... for free! I still love that song and I added it to my library on Edmodo, so my kids can sing it to their little heart's content! After all, they do need to understand that "scientists classify rocks by using observations", so . . . we'll keep singing.