Lesson Five: The Earth, Rocks and Minerals

This Lesson Five: The Earth, Rocks and Minerals activity & project also includes:

Apply the principles of geology to a series of collaborative, hands-on class activities. Young earth scientists learn more about igneous, metamorphic, and sedentary rocks before classifying and weathering rocks that they find. Additionally, they simulate erosion and make soil with organic materials they find outside.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Set up stations that focus on one activity each for groups to rotate through
Classroom Considerations

  • Activities require adult supervision
  • Materials include mason jars, a kettle or pot for boiling water, and a stove or hot plate 
  • The fifth lesson in a series of six
  • Scheduled for one class period, but prepare for the activities to take longer
Pros

  • Provides extension activities, allowing for differentiation between grade or skill levels
  • Intersperses safety notes throughout the lesson
  • Activities are engaging and informative
Cons

  • None
Common Core