Basic Rock Cycle Crayon Activity or Lab - Go From Igneous to Sed to Metamorphic

Basic Rock Cycle Crayon Activity or Lab - Go From Igneous to Sed to Metamorphic
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This is an activity that models the rock cycle starting from two or more extrusive igneous rocks that are different colored crayons, shaving them (which takes quite a while - the kids loved this part of it as they found it relaxing and "satisfying") to form a sedimentary rock by pressing the layers together into a fragile crayon rock, then putting this into a foil baking tin cup or student made tin foil cup or boat and melting it slowly on a hotplate, letting it cool to see their finally formed metamorphic rock. This can be used as an activity, exploration, or lab. It's quite simple and was one of the student's favorite days. This activity is colorful, relaxing, and informative. It should take an entire period or a little longer however you plan it. There is a one page worksheet with it to keep them on track as well along with a KEY for the teacher.

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NGSSMS-ESS2-1
Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s materials and the flow of energy that drives this process. Emphasis is on the processes of melting, crystallization, weathering, deformation, and sedimentation, which act together to form minerals and rocks through the cycling of Earth’s materials. Assessment does not include the identification and naming of minerals.
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