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An understanding of the rock cycle is essential in geology and earth science classes.
A few of the components of this activity 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. There are two demonstrative activities that would help junior geologists visualize the formation of metamorphic and igneous rocks. Materials and procedures are provided for each.
Learners 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.
Fifth graders recall prior knowledge about rocks. In this igneous rock lesson, 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.
In this rock cycle worksheet, young scholars 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.
Middle schoolers 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.
Students identify the steps in the rock cycle. They complete a K-W-L chart before the lesson begins. They answer questions about the stages to complete the lesson.
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.
Students examine the rock cycle and the path that rocks go through to rearranged in different ways. They define key vocabulary terms, then in small groups conduct a variety of experiments using crayon shavings as simulated rocks and rock pieces.
Students study the formation of metamorphic rock. In this metamorphic rock lesson, students examine how metamorphic rock forms as part of the rock cycle. They review the rock cycle using chocolate chips, conduct Internet research, and talk about how the formation of metamorphic rock takes place in nature.
Students examine the steps of the rock cycle. They describe what happens to the rocks in each of the stages. They participate in a rock cycle game to help them with the steps.
Third graders identify various types of landforms of the United States. They discuss earth movements that produce geologic structures and landforms and define cycle as it relates to rocks and soil. They demonstrate the processes forming sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous and predict the changes that a rock may undergo in the rock cycle.
High schoolers visit different geology-related websites to explore the rock cycle. They answer questions on the sites and take notes. They do a hands-on activity to simulate the rock cycle and later write a creative story, imagining that they are a rock.
Learners study the rock cycle of different types of rock. They arrange cut-outs of the parts of the rock cycle in the correct order and then draw the rock cycle or research different types of rocks.
Students investigate the rock cycle. In this geology lesson plan, students read about the rock cycle on a website and discuss the steps of the rock cycle. Students visit a rock cycle website to complete a quiz. This is the first introductory lesson plan to a unit on rocks.
Fourth graders study how rocks are formed and broken down through the rock cycle. They present the information learned in class.
Fifth graders compare and contrast rocks and study the rock cycle. In this rock study instructional activity, 5th graders view a PowerPoint of enhanced images of rocks. Students work in groups and use magnifying glasses to study various rocks. Students present their findings and watch a Bill Nye video about the rock cycle. Students classify example rocks and explain its role in the rock cycle. Student groups take turns describing rock cycle formations using posters they've made.
Fourth graders use the prereading strategy of discussion and then use a graphic organizer to help guide reading on the topic of the rock cycle. They use a worksheet imbedded in this plan to guide thier inquiry.
Students explore the concept of the rock cycle.  In this geology lesson, students identify, classify, and observe three different types of rocks.  Students then list and char the characteristics of their rocks. 
Students investigate the formation of rocks. In this lab based lesson, students create a model of the rock cycle using candy bar ingredients. They will create a poster describing the rock cycle process and a short PowerPoint to aid in their presentation.

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