Rock Hounds

Students  select a rock, study it, and describe its attributes.  Byrd Baylor's book, "Everybody Needs a Rock," is used to get students thinking about making rock observations.  Plans are easy to follow and materials can be easily obtained.  There are extensions and assessment ideas. The tradebook, Everybody Needs a Rock by Byrd Baylor, is used as an engagement activity. Using adjectives to describe rocks is an authentic opportunity to embed English/Language Arts into the learning.

Lesson Variations

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Keep a list of the attributes listed so students can see how the words are spelled. If necessary, buddy up students so they have a resource to help with spelling and reading.

Helpful Hints


  • Everybody Needs a Rock by Byrd Baylor
  • colored sand and glue
  • assorted rocks
  • classifying grid
  • hand lenses