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You don't have to travel far to learn about rocks, just step outside, pick up a stone, and begin investigating. After taking a class walk around the school grounds collecting rocks, young scientists practice their skills of observation by writing brief descriptions and creating sketches of their samples.
2nd - 6th Science 90 Views 67 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Rocks: Mineral Mixtures
A 22-slide set provides pretty much everything you need to teach the rock cycle except the actual specimens. All of the slides contain graphics or photographs to help describe the process, and most even have links to educational videos. You will need to make a couple of minor adjustments: two slides have pictures that need resizing, and references are made to the teacher who designed the slides and to a specific textbook.
5th - 7th Science 22 Views 27 Downloads
Earth: Deposition and Lithification
Geology geniuses analyze sediment samples with a hand lens and sort according to physical characteristics. They also learn about the processes of cementation, compaction, and lithification within the rock cycle. The lesson plan is thoroughly written and depicts steps of the investigation to further your understanding of how to teach it.
6th - 8th Science 6 Views 7 Downloads
A Rock Cycle Shower
Students classify rocks as sedimentary, igneous or metamorphic based on physical properties. In this earth science lesson, students recreate the rock cycle using a set of stones placed on labeled shower curtain. They explain the different stages involved in the cycle.
6th - 8th Science 20 Views 80 Downloads
The Rockin' Rock Cycle- Igneous Rock
Fifth graders recall prior knowledge about rocks. In this igneous rock activity, 5th graders work in cooperative groups to perform experiments to classify the properties of igneous rock. Students write a detailed paragraph and illustrate the rock cycle.
5th Science 25 Views 97 Downloads
A Model of the Rock Cycle
In this rock cycle worksheet, students use different colored crayons to represent different types of rocks. They follow step by step procedures to model the rock cycle with the crayons. Students draw the rock cycle, show weathering, erosion, deposition, compaction, heat and pressure.
7th - 9th Science 111 Views 488 Downloads
Crayon Rock Cycle
Students view rock samples and model the formation of rocks with crayons. In this rock cycle lesson, students view and describe the three types of rock: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. They model the formation of these rocks by shaving, compressing, and melting crayons.
6th - 8th Science 22 Views 227 Downloads
Rock Cycle Activity
A few of the components of this lesson are not possible to carry out because the rock cycle diagram and challenge handouts are not included. Hopefully, you already have your own rock cycle diagram or worksheet to use as a concept introduction.
3rd - 6th Science 68 Views 135 Downloads
Understanding Igneous, Metamorphic and Sedimentary Rocks
Sixth graders explain the stages of the rock cycle. In this earth science lesson, 6th graders classify rocks according to their type. They create a model of the rock cycle using different methods and present this in class.
6th Science 44 Views 265 Downloads
Fifth graders explore the rock cycle. In this rock instructional activity, 5th graders read The Magic School Bus: Inside the Earth and discuss what they learned about rocks. Students use a checklist to complete the rock activity which helps students determine the three types of rocks found on Earth.
5th Language Arts 5 Views 31 Downloads
Our World: The Rock Cycle
Sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks are the stars of this interesting video produced by NASA. The rock cycle is when each of these three types of rocks transforms into another kind of rock - which happens under extreme conditions. Most-interesting is a discussion of the three types of rocks found on the moon: lunar basalt, anotherosite, and lunar breccia.
4 mins 4th - 8th Science 9 Views 11 Downloads
What are Metamorphic Rocks and How are They Formed?
Even though the student handouts are not included in the write-up, this instructional activity contains the instructions for terrific activities to use when teaching middle schoolers about metamorphic rocks. First, they compare granite to gneiss and notice the striations.
5th - 8th Science 27 Views 77 Downloads
What is the Rock Cycle and Its Processes?
Geology beginners examine three different rock samples and determine their origin by their characteristics. By making and recording observations, they become familiar with features of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rock types. Finally, they repeat the procedure with 12 unknown rock samples.
5th - 7th Science 4 Views 71 Downloads
Rock Cycles, Rocks, Minerals, & Resources
Although accurate and educational, this collection of slides is somewhat wordy. Of the 36 slides, only 5 contain useful charts or diagrams: the rock cycle, types of rocks, Moh's hardness scale, and one of a silicon oxide molecule. Photos of minerals are of poor quality.
7th - 12th Science 18 Views 65 Downloads
The Rock Cycle - Thinking About Relationships Among the Major Rock Groups
Step-by-step, arrow-by-arrow, viewers are walked through the rock cycle. In the end, you have a simple, yet complete diagram of the process. Pictures appear to show samples of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. The presentation is geared toward a middle school earth science level.
6th - 8th Science 9 Views 29 Downloads
Rock Cycle-This Planet Really Rocks!
Sixth graders use the internet to tour a virtual environment that would help them make connections to the rock cycle. They name three types of rocks and describe their characteristics. Students discusss the parts of the rock cycle and how the different rocks are formed and use a graphic organizing software like Inspiration to illustrate the rock cycle.
6th Science 7 Views 49 Downloads