A Rock Is Lively
by Dianna Hutts Aston, ill by Sylvia Long
Beautiful illustrations and poetic, surprising text combine to make a terrific nonfiction picture book. If you thought rocks just sat there, think again. This book will make you look at rocks in an entirely different way.
Excerpt: …bubbling like a pot of soup deep beneath the earth’s crust…liquid…molten…boiling
The poetic text alternates wtih straight prose: Depending on what type of rock it is, a rock melts at temperatures between 1,300 and 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit (700 and 1,300 degrees Celsius).????????
A few fun classroom activities for after you read:
1) Go outside and find a rock. Or bring your favorite rock to school. Write a poem or story that show’s that rock’s “personality.”
2) As a group or individually, write a story from the point of the view of the rock. What adventures might a rock have? Whose pocket is it in? Whose shoe does it get stuck in? Where does it go?
3) What’s your favorite color? Use a rock guide to find a rock that incorporates your favorite color. Draw a picture of it and share information with other students.
4) Test for limestone in this fizzy experiment from National Geographic.
Review copy from my library.
Alicia at The LibrariYan?has the Nonfiction Monday roundup! Go learn something fun:>)