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Time to rock out! Discover the "life" cycle of the average rock using an illustrative stations lab and stimulating pairs game. Roll the dice to determine your fate: will it be melting in magma or chilling out to form igneous rock? The content covers the formation of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rock types.
- Consider making time for the rock cycle WebQuest, a great extension of what has been learned so far; assist the class in downloading the packet necessary in completing it and schedule a day in the computer lab or library
- After completing their journey during the rock cycle game, have student pairs collaborate to create a paragraph or two describing their journey; let them spice it up by making their stories funny, dramatic, action-packed, etc.
- These materials are a great introduction to the formation and composition of rocks; sixth graders with basic knowledge of physical properties, nonliving resources, and matter should be well prepared for this level of thinking
- A subscription is require to view Discovery Education videos; locate alternatives to have cued up to aid in visualizing the rock cycle
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- The game is suspenseful for class members
- Balance of materials focus on vocabulary and processes—essential learning for the topics that lie ahead