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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.
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.
For 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.
Young scholars view rock samples and model the formation of rocks with crayons. For 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.
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.
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 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.
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. You may want to create a lab sheet to go along with the lesson as the three handouts mentioned in the materials list are not part of the document.
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.
Fifth graders compare and contrast rocks and study the rock cycle. In this rock study lesson, 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.