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PEBBLES, SAND, AND SILT MODULE MATRIX
INTERDISCIPLINARY EXTENSIONS
FOSS SCIENCE STORIES
TECHNOLOGY/HOME CONNECTION

1.
FIRST ROCKS
Language Extensions
• Make a geologist tool kit.
• Make a rock record book.
• Set up a rock store.
• Make stone soup.
• Write about magic pebbles.
• Use pattern sentences.
Math Extensions
• Solve two problems.
Art and Science Extensions
• Make rock people or pets.
• Assemble a rock aquarium.
• Find your rock.
• Start a rock collection.
Exploring Rocks
• Colorful Rocks
Students design matching games, using the attributes of rocks.

2.
RIVER ROCKS
Language Extension
• Write the journey of your rock.
Math Extensions
• Solve two problems.
Social Studies and Science Extensions
• Visit a quarry.
• Make large river rock shake-up bottles.
• Set up a screening station.
• Set up a series of river rock vials.
• Set up a sand exploration center.
• Look for clay soils.
The Story of Sand Students play a game of I Spy with their family to describe objects by comparative size.

3.
USING ROCKS
Language Extensions
• Discuss earth materials as natural resources.
• Find out about pottery.
• Make tracks and molds.
Math Extensions
• Solve two problems.
• Graph the rocks in use.
Art and Science Extensions
• Look at construction materials.
• Make sand paintings.
• Layer sand, gravel, and pebbles.
• Make sandpaper prints.
• Research animals and earth materials.
• Sand some wood.
Rocks Move
Making Things with Rocks
Students look for uses of earth materials at home and in the neighborhood.

4.
SOIL EXPLORATIONS
Language Extensions
• Write directions for making soil.
• Start a vial-drawings book.
Math Extension
• Add up rocks.
Science Extensions
• See what grows.
• Make an earthworm habitat.
• Plant seeds in sand and soil.
• Set up a screening station.
• Set up a magnification station.
• Collect vacation soil samples.
What Is in Soil?
Testing Soil
• Fossils

Students compare the rate at which water moves through different kinds of soils.

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