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Exploring How Rocks Are Formed

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
These lessons produced by the Illinois State Museum are quite good. In this one, third and fourth graders are introduced to the three basic types of rocks: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. They perform activities which help them...
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The Three Rock Groups

For Teachers 1st
Firts graders distinguish between sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks. They group the rocks into the appropriate group. This is one of the best-organized plans I've seen! Learners watch a PowerPoint presentation which is embedded...
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You Ain't Nothin' But a Rock Hound

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Here is an excellent lesson on rocks! In it, learners explore the world of rocks through the use of video, hands-on activities, and cooperative projects. This outstanding plan is chock full of terrific activities, websites, streamed...
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Rock On!

For Teachers 4th - 6th
After five class sessions, young scientists will be able to identify common rock types: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. This plan involves hands-on activities, includes various handouts and worksheets, and requires there to be...
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Ranking the Rocks for Desired Properties

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Math rocks! Cavern design teams determine the rankings of rock types based upon desirability points. The points are connected to the properties of the rocks and their usefulness in building a cavern. 
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Berkshire Museum

Backyard Rocks

For Teachers 2nd - 6th Standards
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...
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Classifying Rocks

For Teachers 5th
A well-designed lesson plan on rock classification awaits you. In it, fifth graders are divided into groups. Each group is given a box of rocks which they must sort into two categories. They use the "Rock 'n Roll Rule," in making their...
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PPT
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Science Jeopardy - The Earth Sciences

For Teachers 6th - 8th
The earth sciences are the focus for this Jeopardy-style review game. Categories include geology, space, scientific investigation, meteorology, and oceanography. Diagrams and pictures are involved with most of the questions, making this...
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PPT
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The Rock Cycle - Thinking About Relationships Among the Major Rock Groups

For Teachers 6th - 8th
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...
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What is the Rock Cycle and Its Processes?

For Teachers 5th - 7th
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....
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Worksheet
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Rocks and Minerals

For Students 7th - 9th
In this earth science activity, students use the clues given at the bottom of the sheet to solve the crossword puzzle on mineral and rocks. They identify the various types of rocks formed and specific examples of these rocks.
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PPT
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Rocking Rock Review

For Teachers 4th
The three types of rocks are the focus of this earth science PowerPoint. Young scientists can review the composition of these types of rocks and see the ways they are formed. For example, sedimentary rocks are formed when tiny grains of...
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Lesson Planet Article
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Explore Rocks With Hands On Activities

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
You can have students use crayons to learn about igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks.
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Rocks

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine how sedimentary rocks are formed.  In this rock lesson students research different rock formations and different types of rock. 
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Mystery Rocks and Minerals

For Teachers K - 6th
Students review the properties of rocks and minerals. In this geology lesson, students distinguish between rocks and minerals. Students also classify the rocks as igneous, metamorphic, or sedimentary.
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Rocks and the Rock Cycle

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students investigate the 3 types of rocks and the rock cycle. In this rocks and minerals lesson, students watch YouTube videos about igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. Students examine a rock and mineral kit while watching the...
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Crayon Rock Cycle

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students 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...
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Alabama Learning Exchange

The Rockin' Rock Cycle- Igneous Rock

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Fifth graders recall prior knowledge about rocks. In this igneous rock activity, learners work in cooperative groups to perform experiments to classify the properties of igneous rock. They write a detailed paragraph and illustrate the...
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Alabama Learning Exchange

A Rockin' Investigation

For Teachers K - 2nd
Young scientists identify the rock cycle. In this earth science activity, students participate in web-based research to understand how sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks form. As a follow-up, they collect various rocks and...
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Modeling the Rock Cycle

For Teachers 7th - 9th
In this modeling the rock cycle worksheet, learners 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...
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Rock Cycle

For Teachers 7th - 10th
In this rock cycle worksheet, students simulate the changes that occur during the rock cycle using a sugar cube. They use the sugar cube to represent a rock and perform changes on the sugar cube that represent the stages of the rock cycle.
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Worksheet
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Names of Rocks

For Students 8th - 10th
In this types of rocks worksheet, students read about igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks and metamorphic rocks. They complete a chart about the three types of rocks and use the information from the reading to determine the origin of their...
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Organizer
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Types of Rock

For Students 6th - 12th
In this rocks worksheet, students compare and contrast the 3 types of rocks: sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic. Students complete 1 graphic organizer.
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The Same But Different

For Teachers 8th - 9th
In this rock comparison worksheet, students read an information chart about common igneous rocks. Then students answer 7 questions about what they've read.