Kindergarten Rocks!

An Invitation To Actively Engage In Inquiry

Rocks, Seashells & Nature

This literacy based workshop will encourage educators to consider how nature can be woven into all areas of the Kindergarten program. Program connections will be made to language, mathematics, art and science. Participants will explore and play with naturally occurring objects from nature and will connect to the "big idea". BIG IDEA: Children are curious and connect prior knowledge to new contexts in order to understand the world around them. (FDEL-K 2010, pg 114)

Introduction to Rocks and Minerals
The Rock Cycle video (from Learning About Rocks and Minerals Series) by Visual Learning Systems
Our World: The Rock Cycle


Love You When... By Linda Kranz @2012 ISBN: 978-1-58979-703

On my beach there are many pebbles by Leo Lionni @1961

ISBN: 0-688-13284-7

If Rocks Could Sing – a discovered alphabet By Leslie McGuirk @2011 Photographs by Denise Ritchie ISBN: 978-1-58246-370-4

Everybody Needs a Rock By Byrd Baylor Illustrated by Peter Parnall @1974

ISBN: 0-689-71051-8

If You Find a Rock By Peggy Christian Photographs by Barbara Hirsch Lember @2000

ISBN: 978-0-15-206354-2

Questions, Questions by Marcus Pfister @2011 ISBN: 978-0-7358-4000-3

Blowin’ in the Wind Lyrics by Bob Dylan@1962 Illustrations by Jon J Muth @2011

ISBN: 978-1-4549-0513-4

Memoirs of a Goldfish By Devin Scillian Illustrated by Tim Bowers @2010

ISBN: 978-1-58536-507-4

Picture A Tree by Barbara Reid @2011 ISBN: 978-1-4431-0761-7

Let’s Look At Patterns Published by Joanna Lorenz Photography by John Freeman @1997, 2006 ISBN: 1-84309-889-X

WHY are there waves? Questions children ask about WATER @1997 A DK Publishing Book ISBN: 978-0-5902498-74

This Is The Ocean by Kersten Hamilton

Illustrated by Lorianne Siomades @2001 ISBN: 0-439-31628-6

How To Dig A Hole To The Other Side Of The World by Faith McNulty

Pictures by Marc Simont @1979 ISBN: 0-590-43502-7

Earth Songs Poet Myra Cohn Livingston Painter Leonard Everett Fisher @1986

ISBN: 0-590-44670-3

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig @1969 ISBN: 0-671-66269-4

Making Rock Candy by Jill Bryant; Photographs by Lorne Chapman @2007

ISBN: 978-0-7791-6525-4

Experiments With Rocks and Minerals by Carol Hand @2012 ISBN: 978-0-531-26648-9

First Encyclopedia – Rocks by Sarah Phillips; Illustrated by Tracy Hare @2011

ISBN: 978-1-78065-037-1

First Encyclopedia – Earth by Sarah Phillips; Illustrated by Tracy Hare @2011

ISBN: 978-1-78065-036-4

100 Facts World Wonders @2008 ISBN: 978-1-84236-962-3

100 Facts Space @2002 ISBN: 978-1-84236-760-5

100 Facts Planet Earth @2002 ISBN: 978-1-84236-767-4

Rocks & Soil How Weather and Other Forces Change the Earth @1993

ISBN: 0-590-26141-X

Natural History Museum – Rocks and Minerals Sticker Book @2012

ISBN: 978-0-56509-300-6

Shells of the World Colouring Book by Lucia de Leiris @1983

ISBN: 978-0-486-24368-9

Rocks & Minerals by T.D.Burns @1995 ISBN: 978-0-486-28645-7

The Wise Woman and Her Secret by Eve Merriam Illustrated by Linda Graves @1991

ISBN: 0-671-72603-X

And Here’s To You by David Elliott Illustrated by Randy Cecil @2004

ISBN: 978-0-7636-1427-0

DK Guide to Savage Earth ~ A Dramatic Journey Across The Planet by Trevor Day @2001 ISBN: 0-7894-7919-2

Dear Tree by Doba Rivka Weber Illustrated by Phyllis Saroff @2010

ISBN: 978-1-929628-48-3

Each Living Thing by Joanne Ryder Illustrated by Ashley Wolff @2001

ISBN: 0-439-26773-0

The Surprise Garden by Zoe Hall Illustrated by Shari Halpern @1998

ISBN: 0-590-10076-9

Imagine A Night by Sarah L. Thomson Paintings by Rob Gonsalves @2003

ISBN: 978-0-85218-3

A Place To Grow by Soyung Pak & Illustrated by Marcelino Truong @2002 ISBN: 0-439-13015-8

I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry @2007 ISBN: 978-1-85714-380-5

In the Garden with Dr. Carver by Susan Grigsby Pictures by Nicole Tadgell @2010

ISBN: 978-0-8075-3630-8

The Blue Stone – A Journey Through Life by Jimmy Liao @2008

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown @2009

ISBN: 978-0-316-01547-9

Mr. Hiroshi’s Garden by Maxine Trottier Illustrated by Paul Morin @1999

ISBN: 1-55005-152-0

11 Experiments That Failed by Jenny Offill & Nancy Carpenter @2011

ISBN: 978-0-375-84702-2

Grandpa Green by Lane Smith @2011 ISBN: 978-1-59643-607-7

There by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick @2009 ISBN: 978-1-59643-087-7

Kindergarten Rocks by Katie Davis @2005 ISBN: 0-15-204932-0

The Play’s the Thing, Teachers’ Roles in Children’s Play 2nd Edition by Elizabeth Jones & Gretchen Reynolds @2011 by Teachers College, Columbia University

ISBN: 978-0-8077-5241-8

Genre Connections, Lessons to Launch Literary & Nonfiction Texts by Tanny McGregor @2013 Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-325-03396-9

Designs for Living and Learning, Transforming Childhood Environments by Deb Curtis & Margie Carter @2003 Redleaf Press

ISBN: 1-929620-29-7

Kindergarten in Photographs, A Mentor Teacher Shares Effective Organizing Strategies & Management Tips to Help You create a Dynamic Teaching & Learning Environment by Jasmine Greene @2010

ISBN: 978-0-545-23138-1

Discovering Nature With Young Children by Ingrid Chalufour & Karen Worth @2003 Redleaf Press

ISBN: 978-1-929610-38-9

Thinking It Through: Teaching & Learning In The Kindergarten Classroom

Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario @ 2010

Primary Reading, Discussion Paper @2012 Queen’s Printer for Ontario

ISBN: 978-1-4435-9448-6

Nine Thousand Straws, Teaching Thinking Through Open-Inquiry Learning by Jean Sausele Knodt @2008 Greenwood Publishing Company

ISBN: 978-1-59158-640-1

The Intentional Teacher, choosing the Best Strategies for Young Children’s Learning by Ann S. Epstein @2007 National association for the Education of Young Children

ISBN: 978-1-928896-41-8

Natural Curiosity, Building Children’s Understanding of the World Through Environmental Inquiry @2011 by Maracle Press

ISBN (Print): 978-0-7727-2633-9

ISBN (Electronic): 978-0-7727-2634-6

A Place of Wonder, Reading and Writing Nonfiction in the Primary Grades by Georgia Heard and Jennifer McDonough @2009 Pembroke Publishers

ISBN: 978-157110-432-8

Why Are School Buses Always Yellow?: Teaching for Inquiry, PreK-5 by John Barell @2007 ISBN-13: 978-1412957335 0