The learning experiences in the Rocks, Fossils, and Dinosaurs kit supports the New York State Elementary Science Core and its focus on understanding the living environment and physical setting. Through the use of the skills of observing, classifying, collecting data, interpreting data, and manipulating data, students will investigate the properties of rocks, fossils, and dinosaurs. Students will observe and classify rocks and fossils for the basic properties of color, size, shape, and texture. Many of the rocks and fossils in this kit have their origin in New York State. Integrated hands-on math activities are also included in this kit. More About CABOCES Welcome to the Math, Science, and Technology Department (MST) of Cattaraugus Allegany Board of Cooperative Educational Services (CA BOCES). As a department of Instructional Support Services (ISS), we provide Math, Science, and Technology kits along with support services to meet the needs of the individual districts in our area. The BOCES Teaching and Learning Center at Allegany provides hands-on math, science, and technology kits to over twenty area school districts in Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. Our department provides forty-three different varieties of kit topics. The kits cover topics in math, life science, physical science, chemistry, and earth science. Each kit contains a teacher's manual, student activity book, materials inventory list, instructional video, and materials needed to complete each learning experience. Each kit aligns with the New York State standards and prepares students for the New York State assessments. Contact Information BOCES Teaching & Learning Center @ Allegany Math, Science, Technology & Health Dept. 80 N Fourth St, Third Floor Allegany, NY 14706 Phone: (716)-376-8272; Fax: (716)-372-0621 http://www.caboces.org http://www.mstkits.org http://www.nyreal.org


  • Science > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • K


BOCES science math rocks fossils dinosaurs data properties color size shape texture



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SCI.K-4.4.P2.1d.1: Science

interaction between air and water breaks down earth materials

SCI.K-4.4.P2.1d.2: Science

pieces of earth material may be moved by air, water, wind, and gravity

SCI.K-4.4.P2.1d.3: Science

pieces of earth material will settle or deposit on land or in the water in different places

SCI.K-4.4.P2.1d.4: Science

soil is composed of broken-down pieces of living and nonliving earth material

SCI.K-4.4.P3.1b: Science

Matter has properties (color, hardness, odor, sound, taste, etc.) that can be observed through the senses.

SCI.K-4.4.P3.1c: Science

Objects have properties that can be observed, described, and/ or measured: length, width, volume, size, shape, mass or weight, temperature, texture, flexibility, reflective- ness of light.

SCI.K-4.4.P3.1e: Science

The material(s) an object is made up of determine some specific properties of the object (sink/ float, conductivity, magnetism). Properties can be observed or measured with tools such as hand lenses, metric rulers, thermometers, balances, magnets, circuit testers, and graduated cylinders.

SCI.K-4.4.P3.1f: Science

Objects and/ or materials can be sorted or classified according to their properties.

SCI.K-4.4.P3.2c: Science

Changes in the properties or materials of objects can be observed and described.

SCI.K-4.4.L3.1a.1: Science

wings, legs, or fins enable some animals to seek shelter and escape predators the mouth, including teeth, jaws, and tongue, enables some animals to eat and drink

SCI.K-4.4.L3.1a.2: Science

the mouth, including teeth, jaws, and tongue, enables some animals to eat and drink

SCI.K-4.4.L3.1a.3: Science

eyes, nose, ears, tongue, and skin of some animals enable the animals to sense their surroundings

SCI.K-4.4.L3.1a.4: Science

claws, shells, spines, feathers, fur, scales, and color of body covering enable some animals to protect themselves from predators and other environmental conditions, or enable them to obtain food

SCI.K-4.4.L3.1a.5: Science

some animals have parts that are used to produce sounds and smells to help the animal meet its needs

SCI.K-4.4.L3.1a.6: Science

the characteristics of some animals change as seasonal conditions change (e.g. , fur grows and is shed to help regulate body heat; body fat is a form of stored energy and it changes as the seasons change)

SMT.PK-6.4.P2.1: Math, Science and Technology

describe the relationships among air, water, and land on Earth.

SMT.PK-6.4.P3.1: Math, Science and Technology

observe and describe properties of materials using appropriate tools.

SMT.PK-6.4.P3.2: Math, Science and Technology

describe chemical and physical changes, including changes in states of matter.

SMT.PK-6.4.L3.1: Math, Science and Technology

describe how the structures of plants and animals complement the environment of the plant or animal.

SMT.PK-6.4.L3.2: Math, Science and Technology

observe that differences within a species may give individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing.

SMT.PK-6.4.L5.1: Math, Science and Technology

describe basic life functions of common living specimens (guppy, mealworm, gerbil).

SMT.PK-6.4.L5.2: Math, Science and Technology

describe some survival behaviors of common living specimens.

SMT.PK-6.4.L5.3: Math, Science and Technology

describe the factors that help promote good health and growth in humans.
Curriki Rating
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On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2008-08-02.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

In this comprehensive five to seven week unit, early elementary students will use a variety of basic science skills to observe and classify rocks and fossils, then study sand and soil. Finally, students will identify dinosaur adaptations that helped the animals live in their environment. This resource is provided as part of a kit available in the Cattaraugus and Allegany counties of New York State, USA, and this unit does focus on native New York fossils and rocks. Each “kit” in the Curriki repository includes a teacher’s manual and student activity book. The teacher’s manual includes a unit overview, scheduling information, extensive and clear background information materials, preparation instructions, discussion questions, assessments, extension ideas, a glossary and teacher references. Each student manual includes clear, reproducible student handouts and a glossary. After supplies are initially gathered, these excellent lesson materials can be immediately useful in the classroom.

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