If You Find a Rock Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

There are lots of different kinds of rocks. In this lesson plan, students will read the book, ~'If You Find a Rock~' by Peggy Christian and learn about different properties of (and uses for) rocks.

Learning Objectives

By the conclusion of this lesson, students will:

  • Identify the properties of rocks
  • Examine and make notes about various rocks


50-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

5-PS1-3 Matter and Its Interactions

Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties.


Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).


  • Copy of the book, ''If You Find a Rock'' by Peggy Christian
  • Access to the video lesson, Properties of Rocks: Lesson for Kids
  • Access to the quiz
  • Bundles of rocks (a collection of 6-8 different rocks per group for 5-8 groups)
  • Large pieces of white construction paper
  • Pencils/pens/markers


  • Begin by introducing the book, ''If You Find a Rock'' by Peggy Christian.
    • Talk about author and illustrator.
    • Discuss the title and ask for predictions as to what the book might be about.
    • Look at the cover of the book and discuss whether or not it gives any clues about what is inside.
  • Read the book to the class.
    • Stop at the end of each page to discuss the type or rock that was described and what the author suggests that rock might be used for.
    • Allow students to share whether or not they've ever found a similar type of rock.
  • Next, show the video lesson, Properties of Rocks: Lesson for Kids.
    • Introduce the video by explaining that students will now learn more about the properties of rocks and see more examples.
    • Show the video in its entirety.
    • After showing the video, discuss:
      • What were the different properties of rocks discussed in the video? (Color and texture, shape and size, luster, hardness)
      • What is a property? (a characteristic or a way of describing something)
      • What examples of rocks have you seen that might fit into one or more of these categories?
  • Check for understanding.
    • Review the Lesson Summary portion of the video again. Discuss and answer any questions students might have.
    • Give students the quiz.


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