Book List #8 Geology

Rhoda’s Rock Hunt by Mollie Griffin

Geology- Rhoda's rock hunt

The Magic School Bus: Inside the Earth by Joanna Cole & Bruce Degen

Geology- The magic school bus

The Pebble in my Pocket by Meredith Hooper & Chris Coady

Geology- The pebble in my pocket

The Rock Factory: A Story About the Rock Cycle by Jacqui Bailey & Matthew Lilly

Geology- The Rock Factory

A Rock Can Be by Laura Purdie Salas

Geology- A rock can be

If Rocks Could Sing by Leslie McGuirk

Geology- If rocks could sing

Everybody Needs A Rock by Byrd Baylor

Geology- Everybody needs a rock

A Rock is Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston & Sylvia Long

Geolog- A rock is lively

Rocks, Fossils and Arrowheads by Laura Evert

Geology- Rocks


Book List #7 Weather

Rain by Manya Stojic

Weather- Rain

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

Weather- Cloudy with a chance

Albert by Donna Jo Napoli

Weather- Albert

Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse

Weather- Come on rain

The Cloud Book by Tomie de Paola

Weather- The Cloud Book

Hurricanes by Gail Gibbons

Weather- Gail Gibbons

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Weather- Snowflake Bentley

Everything Weather by National Geographic Kids

Weather- Everything Weather

2018 Lesson #8 Geology

In class we will be learning all about rocks. We will focus on the NGSS Earth & Space Science 2 A- Earth materials and systems. We will learn about Sedimentary, Metamorphic and Igneous rock. We will learn about tectonic plates and earthquakes. We will also learn about erosion.

In science lab we will be making our own rocks out of starburst. First we will cut them up into tiny pieces (sediment), next we will smush them together to make sedimentary rock. Next we will heat them up with our hands and then put pressure on them with a heavy book to make metamorphic rock- (heat & pressure). Last, we will heat them up in the microwave until they liquify and boil and then let them cool down completely into our igneous rock. We will also be cracking open a geode in class and discussing it. We have different sets of rock collections the students will be observing under a magnifying glass and organizing into the 3 rock groups.

Science is the best and of course it ‘ROCKS’!

2018 Lesson #7 Weather


In science lab we will be learning about all of the different types of weather and how they are caused. We will focus on ESS2 D- weather and climate. I will teach the students the water cycle and about different types of clouds. We will investigate weather patterns.

We are going to make a tornado vortex in a bottle, make a cloud in a jar, observe the clouds outside through binoculars and decipher which clouds they are, make anemometers to test the wind and also wind socks for the younger classes.

I seriously love learning about weather, especially extreme weather conditions. It has always fascinated me, so that makes me super excited to teach all about it. Things are about to get exciting- BOOM! These weather puns are snow joke!

Books of the Month- (Unit #4 Galileo Galilei & Astronomy)

Middleworld by: J& P Voelkel


Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow by: Nathan Bransford

jacob wonderbar

Cosmic by :Frank Cottrell Boyce


The Jupiter Chronicles by: Leonardo Ramirez


Kepler’s Dream by: Juliet Bell

keplers dream

My Weird School Fast Facts- Space, Humans and Farts: by Dan Gutman


Breadcrumbs by: Anne Ursu


Reaching For the Moon: by Buzz Aldrin


The Berestain Bears- On The Moon by: Stan & Jan Berenstain


The Star Wars Trilogy by: George Lucas




Science In The Community- (Unit #4 Galileo Galilei)

Ashcroft-Observatory-Entrance-SUUGalileo BONUS: Go visit the SUU Ashcroft observatory.

I have been here a couple times and it is awesome! In our unit on Galileo and astronomy, the students are learning all about the universe. This is the perfect spot to visit and observe the stars and planets.

Phone: (435) 586-1409

The Ashcroft Observatory is located on the hilltop just south of the SUU farm on Westview Drive.


In keeping with a long-standing tradition stemming from its opening in the early 1970s, the Observatory remains focused on community involvement and learning opportunities. The Ashcroft Observatory is open every Monday night to all those interested in learning about constellations or viewing distant parts of the galaxy. Interested parties should plan on arriving at the observatory just as the sun sets. As weather or other conditions might alter this schedule, before driving out, please call the number above to make sure someone is there.

This is a free opportunity, and has been of great use in the past to school groups, scout groups and families, but all are welcome and encouraged to enjoy the splendor in the skies. ~SUU

So go blast off to the observatory. The sky is the limit!

Together We Can Rule The Galaxy- (Unit #4 Galileo Galilei)

“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered, the point is to discover them.” ~Galileo Galilei

In this unit we will be learning all about Galileo, space, galaxies, stars, the sun and the planets and tying in the solar system to our theme of STAR WARS. Of course the force in strong in my class. Don’t underestimate the power of science haha! I stinkin love Star Wars and actually went to a sight where they filmed The Force Awakens. Okay I know I’m geeking out. Now onto the scientist we will be learning about.

Considered the father of modern science, Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) made major contributions to the fields of physics, astronomy, cosmology, mathematics and philosophy. He invented an improved telescope that let him observe and describe the moons of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, the phases of Venus, sunspots and the rugged lunar surface. His flair for self-promotion earned him powerful friends among Italy’s ruling elite and enemies among the Catholic Church’s leaders. His advocacy of a heliocentric universe brought him before religious authorities in 1616 and again in 1633, when he was forced to recant and placed under house arrest for the rest of his life. ~

He improved the telescope, discovered the laws of the pendulum and is famous for discovering that the sun was the center of the universe, not Earth, as they believed at the time.