Rocks and Minerals Resource Set

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Rocks and Minerals by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

Turn your students into budding geologists with this approachable nonfiction text. Interesting facts about the rocks and minerals that form our world are presented with full-color photographs making this a National Geographic reader the perfect anchor text for building comprehension skills while utilizing the features of nonfiction text.

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Common Core Alignment
  • Asking Questions: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.1 RI.2.10 RI.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.1c SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Making Connections: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.10 RI.2.2 RI.2.3 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Retelling & Summarizing: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.1 RI.2.10 RI.2.2 RI.2.4 RI.2.6 RI.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Understanding Text Structure: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.1 RI.2.10 RI.2.5 RI.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Visualizing: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.10 RI.2.3 RI.2.5 RI.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Word Work: RF.2.3 RF.2.4
  • Vocabulary: L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6
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    Rocks and Minerals Resource Set

    Asking Questions with Rocks and Minerals

    Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld's Rocks and Minerals sparks critical thinking skills with its photographs and fun facts. Use this asking questions mini lesson to encourage your readers to improve their understanding of the text by pausing and wondering about the information that is presented.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.1 RI.2.10 RI.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.1c SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Making Connections with Rocks and Minerals

    When readers are able to connect what they read to themselves, a previously read text, or their world, they are able to construct deeper meaning. This making connections mini lesson paired with Rocks and Minerals provides students the opportunity to practice this important skill.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.10 RI.2.2 RI.2.3 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Retelling and Summarizing with Rocks and Minerals

    This retelling and summarizing mini lesson shows readers how to use the features of nonfiction text to help then remember important details. Attending to the detailed photographs, captions, and diagrams in Rocks and Minerals shows students which concepts to focus on.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.1 RI.2.10 RI.2.2 RI.2.4 RI.2.6 RI.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Understanding Text Structure with Rocks and Minerals

    Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld uses a variety of text structures in Rocks and Minerals. This focused mini lesson prompts readers to notice compare and contrast, cause and effect, sequencing, and descriptive text structures using a nonfiction text.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.1 RI.2.10 RI.2.5 RI.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Visualizing with Rocks and Minerals

    As students gain experience using visualization to better understand Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld's Rocks and Minerals, they can check their thinking with the delightful color photographs and high interest diagrams.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.10 RI.2.3 RI.2.5 RI.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Rocks and Minerals Extension Activity

    The BookPagez extension activities are a great way to push student engagement beyond the pages of the text. Try using this activity with early finishers, with students who show a deeper connection with the text, or as a center activity.

    Rocks and Minerals Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Rocks and Minerals. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.

    Rocks and Minerals Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment

    Use this Common Core aligned comprehension assessment to evaluate students' comprehension of Rocks and Minerals.

    Student Resources in Spanish

    This set of Spanish student facing resources includes comprehension strategy practice pages, Reader's Notebook prompts (complete with Spanish Common Core "I Can" statements), and extension activities for use with Rocks and Minerals by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.

    Rocks and Minerals Word Work - Short Vowel Sounds

    Rocks and Minerals is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, but it also pairs well with a phonics lesson about short vowel sounds. Either download the Rocks and Minerals Super Pack or this individual Word Work package to access lesson plans, interactive games and fun worksheets that directly tie word study to your classroom reading.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RF.2.3 RF.2.4

    Rocks and Minerals Vocabulary Connections

    Your students will enhance their enjoyment and understanding of Rocks and Minerals if they’re prepared for new vocabulary introduced in this text. And this classroom-ready Vocabulary Builder has everything you need. Download the individual Vocabulary Builder or the Super Pack for fun, productive activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6

    TEKS Alignment

    Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in the Rocks and Minerals Resource Set.

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