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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
Middle schoolers classify rocks as sedimentary, igneous or metamorphic based on physical properties. In this earth science activity, 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 23 Views 131 Downloads
The Rockin' Rock Cycle- Igneous Rock
Fifth graders recall prior knowledge about rocks. In this igneous rock lesson plan, 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 113 Views 490 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
Study Jams! Igneous Rocks
Dynamic music pumps up viewers as they learn about intrusive and extrusive igneous rocks. Presentation slides include a graphic depiction of magma below Earth's surface , photographs of lava exploding and flowing, and close-ups of igneous rock samples.
4th - 8th Science 6 Views 9 Downloads
Study Jams! Sedimentary Rocks
Fascinating photos of sedimentary rocks and formations supply a brief overview for your geology class. By viewing these slides, learners discover that sedimentary rocks are made of tiny bits of rock, dirt, or shell that have settled, usually in layers, and compacted together.
4th - 8th Science 4 Views 3 Downloads
Study Jams! Metamorphic Rocks
Photographs of magnificent metamorphic rock formations make up the bulk of this brief slide show. Along with the upbeat background music, slow-moving slides, and informational captions of the slide show, you will also find key vocabulary, an assessment quiz, and a karaoke sing-along activity on the rock cycle.
4th - 8th Science 3 Views 2 Downloads
What is it? Weathering, Erosion, or Deposition?
Just as rocks move through the rock cycle, your giddy geologists will move descriptions around until they are all in the correct category. After cutting out several types of rock movement, learners determine whether the action is weathering, erosion, or deposition.
4th - 8th Science 73 Views 72 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 instructional activity, 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 46 Views 296 Downloads
Fifth graders explore the rock cycle. In this rock lesson, 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 lesson 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 6 Views 75 Downloads