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ERIC Number: EJ758292
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Rock Finding
Rommel-Esham, Katie; Constable, Susan D.
Science and Children, v44 n4 p27-29 Dec 2006
In this article, the authors discuss a literature-based activity that helps students discover the importance of making detailed observations. In an inspiring children's classic book, "Everybody Needs a Rock" by Byrd Baylor (1974), the author invites readers to go "rock finding," laying out 10 rules for finding a "perfect" rock. In this way, the book encourages children to look closely, using all of their senses, whims, and personal preferences as they search for their rock. The authors suggest that teachers can use the book as a basis for an activity called, "My Secret Rock," in which students describe the physical characteristics of various rocks and in the process hone their observation and communication skills and learn the value of making detailed observations. (Contains 1 figure and 3 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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