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STC Literacy Series™: Rocks and Minerals

$133.95 - $349.99

Grades 3–5. Rocks and minerals are essential to our daily lives. You can find them almost anywhere, from the bottom of the Arctic Ocean to the kitchen in your own house. In Rocks and Minerals, part of the STC Literacy Series™, students read about the properties of these different materials. The stories in this book take place all over the world, demonstrating how rocks and minerals can be used to improve our lives. Scientists share how rocks and minerals can teach us about Earth's history.


Introduce students to geology—the scientific study of the origin, history, and structure of the earth.

Grades 3–5. In this book, students read about different kinds of rocks and minerals, and learn about how and why those rocks formed. They meet scientists who study rocks and minerals, and learn about their scientific tools. They also read about the uses of rocks and minerals throughout history, including a story about a stonemason who selects and works with stone to create beautiful, lasting monuments and buildings. Young readers visit interesting rock formations on Earth, such as the breathtaking Grand Canyon of the Colorado River in the American Southwest. Other stories describe magnificent structures created from rock in ancient times, like the pyramids of Egypt and Mexico, and more recently Mount Rushmore and the National Museum of the American Indian.

Developed to enhance the teaching of the Science and Technology Concepts™ (STC™) unit, the STC Literacy Series™ Rocks and Minerals reader supports inquiry-based science lessons with engaging informational text. The content gives students a natural transition from hands-on investigations, builds background knowledge to reinforce conceptual learning, and lets students apply relevant nonfiction to their own real-world experiences. Questions provided throughout the book encourage critical thinking and allow children to be actively involved in their learning.

Educational studies show that children are more likely to engage in a reading exercise when the literature is related to a recent hands-on activity. This is exactly how the STC Program™ works. Included in every STC-Elementary™ kit, the STC Literacy Series™ helps improve reading comprehension, and supports the following Common Core Standards:

  • RI.1-3
  • RI.4-6
  • RI.7-9

Rocks and Minerals paper version (item #972096) comes as a pack of 8 readers. Rocks and Minerals electronic version (item #972096E32) allows 32 students per year to have access to the text for 60 months.




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