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Author: Farndon, John
Publisher: Firefly Books
Year Published: 2016
ISBN: 9781770858688
Grades: Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6

Rocks, Minerals and Gems

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Rocks, Minerals and Gems is a well-laid out text that would support Alberta’s Grade 3 Science curriculum.  It has good non-fiction text features to help students navigate and locate information efficiently (Table of Contents, bold headings, Glossary and Index).  There are short paragraphs under sub-headings with numerous well-captioned photographs that support the adjacent text.  Included are maps, labelled diagrams, illustrations and fact boxes to engage all readers.  When I reviewed this text with a Grade 3 teacher, she had the following comments:  “While the reading level might be beyond some of my ELL and struggling readers, the picture support for our science unit on Rocks and Minerals would certainly help solidify the concepts.  Good readers would be able to delve into the text.”  She also liked the inclusion of information on gems, a topic of interest for students during this unit that is often not covered in other books.  Recommended as a supporting resource for science, and as a book for any young budding rock hounds.

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