Friday, January 22, 2016

Recommended Picture Book: A Rock is Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston

Title: A Rock is Lively

Author: Dianna Hutts Aston

Illustrator: Sylvia Long

Publisher: Chronicle Books, Aug 17, 2012

Topic: Science: Geology, Rocks, Soil, Minerals

Age: 5-8

Opening: A rock is lively.....bubbling like a pot of soup deep beneath the earth's crust...

Summary: A rock is many things. It is lively, mixed up, surprising, helpful, creative, inventive and so much more. Here is a simple introduction to the science of rocks and minerals.

Chronicle books provide a compiled lesson plan with activities for Dianna Aston's three books, An Egg is Quiet, A Butterfly is Patient, A Seed is Sleepy, A Nest is Loud, and A Rock is Lively.

A to Z kids stuff has various activities that explores rocks.

A beautifully illustrated book paired with poetic prose gives way to a stunning lesson on rocks, soil and minerals. Perfect for the classroom, flowing and lyrical text gives way to informative data on different kinds of rocks and minerals. Children are introduced to the life cycle of rocks, chemical makeup and diversity of rocks. This book brought back a lot of good memories of my childhood which was spent digging around in dirt and finding rock treasures. I loved cracking open rocks to see what beauty they held inside. How I wish I had this book growing up. This is a classroom must have!

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