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Curriculum Links: Rock Walk

Understanding Earth and Space Systems: Rocks and Minerals

In Rock Walk, students have an opportunity to meet the following curriculum expectations: (specific examples from the program are shown in bold)



Relating Science and Technology to Society and the Environment

  • 1.1 assess the social and environmental costs and benefits of using objects in the built environment that are made from rocks and minerals 
    (if follow-up activities are completed)

Developing Investigation and Communication Skills

  • 2.1 follow established safety procedures for outdoor activities (afternoon field work)
  • 2.3 use a variety of criteria (e.g., colour, texture, lustre) to classify common rocks... according to their characteristics (Activity 2)
  • 2.4 use scientific inquiry/research skills to investigate how rocks... are used... in everyday life 
    (afternoon field work)
  • 2.5 use appropriate science and technology vocabulary,including hardness, colour, lustre, and texture, in oral and written communication 
    throughout the day and if follow-up activities are completed)
  • 2.6 use a variety of forms (e.g., oral, written, graphic, multimedia) to communicate with different audiences and for a variety of purposes 
    (if follow-up activities are completed)

Understanding Basic Concepts

  • 3.1 describe the difference between rocks... (Activity 2)
  • 3.3 describe how igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks are formed (introduced following Activity 2)
  • 3.4 describe the characteristics of the three classes of rocks... and explain how their characteristics are related to their origin 
    (Activity 2 and afternoon field work)



Writing (if follow-up activities are completed)

  • use verb tenses correctly and appropriately 
  • write simple and compound sentences
  • use a dictionary and thesaurus to confirm spelling
  • introduce vocabulary from other subject areas into their writing
  • label and use pictures and diagrams appropriately 


Oral & Visual Communication

  • identify camera angles and distance from the subject... (afternoon field work)
  • present information to their peers in a focused and organized form (if follow-up activities are completed)
  • create a variety of media works (if follow-up activities are completed)



Report Comments

Feel free to use these comments when completing reports.


  • During the Rock Walk program at TUSC, *name* worked as part of a team and was able to identify types of rocks by using various attributes such as colour and texture.  *He/She* built a model rock wall in order to investigate structural stability. *name* was also able to identify and discuss how rocks have been sourced and used in construction on the University of Toronto campus.