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After a basic introduction to the rock cycle and the three main types of rocks, young geologists can deepen their understanding of how rocks change through a fun learning game. Based on the characteristics and events shared by a reader, other learners must guess what type of change a rock will undergo. After completing the game, the rock cycle is recreated on paper, then the class discusses some thought-provoking questions about the geologic timescale and why certain types of rocks are found where they are. The game board and cards are available in English, Spanish, and Chinese. 
An understanding of the rock cycle is essential in geology and earth science classes.
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. 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.
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, students review major concepts related to rock formation by answering 15 multiple choice questions and matching 15 terms to their definitions. Students identify 7 rocks as metamorphic, sedimentary, or igneous. They complete a rock cycle diagram and complete 2 concept maps.
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.
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.
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.
Students explore the rock cycle. They use bubble gum and "Pop Rocks" to model Sedimentary, Igneous, and Metamorphic rocks. Students observe categories of rocks at rock stations. They write about their experience of creating a rock cycle.
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.
In this modeling the rock cycle worksheet, students use a sugar cube to show the phases and changes in the rock cycle as represented by the changes in the sugar cube. For each step of the experiment students indicate the part of the rock cycle it the sugar cube represents and they indicate the limitations of the model at each stage.
Students study the formation of metamorphic rock. For 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 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.
Middle schoolers examine the rock cycle and how rocks can change over time.  In this geotechnical engineering lesson students draw a diagram of the rock cycle.
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.
Students 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.
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.
Students 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.
Students investigate the rock cycle. In this geology lesson, 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 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.

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