Ranking the Rocks

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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Instructional Ideas

  • Allow the class to determine intermediate step values for the desirability chart
  • Research man made caves in your area and find out the type of rock they were made from and why builders used them
Classroom Considerations

  • The class should have completed the activity on classification of rocks, or know about the classification and types of rocks
  • The sixth installment in a series of eight

  • The handout includes information about the hardness of a rock and its usefulness in building a cavern
  • The lesson provides a suggested extension activity

  • None
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