Utah Lesson Plans
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Lower Elementary
Ebsco, UOL, UOLk-2, Uollesson, Uolscience
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Characteristics of Rocks

Characteristics of Rocks


This resource is a Science student activity that utilizes Utah's Online Library resources - specifically, Explora Elementary in EBSCO - to help students learn about the characteristics of rocks.

About Utah's Online Library

Utah's Online Library provides Utah educators and students free access to high-quality reference collections such as EBSCO, Gale Reference Collection, World Book, eMedia, and LearningExpress Library.

This activity was designed to help educators utilize this amazing resource in their classrooms.

Note: Utah educators and students visiting Utah's Online Library from a school computer should be automatically authenticated. When at home, students must use the home access login which their teacher or school media specialist can provide. Utah educators can use either their my.uen login or the home access login.


Essential Question: Why do rocks come in so many different shapes, sizes, colors, and textures?

Need some more resources for your 2nd graders to learn about the characteristics of rocks? And, of course, you need it to be at a reading level appropriate for 2nd grade. Explora Elementary, which is part of the EBSCO database in Utah's Online Library, has a variety of magazine articles from child-friendly publications such as Ranger Rick, National Geographic for Kids, Cricket, Weekly Reader, Cobblestone, etc. Within this kid-friendly database, you can search by lexile level in order to find appropriate resources for your students.

Curriculum Connections:

SEEd - 2nd Grade