Student Internet investigation that explores the subject of rocks and the rock cycle. The activity is divided into two parts. Part one investigates what defines a rock; the rock cycle; types of igneous rocks and how they form. Part two explores how metamorphic and sedimentary rocks form and the processes involved; and covers the physical characteristics of both types of rock.
The latest links containing images and data are presented as well for these topics. I use this computer lab activity for my Earth/Space class as part of the Unit II "Rocks and The Rock Cycle" review but it can also be used as a high school level webquest review or introduction to the subjects. (Some students will finish the activity within one class period but generally it will take about an hour to complete.)
This activity as well as PowerPoint lessons, worksheets, review programs and assessments can be found under the Earth/Space Complete Unit II "Rocks and The Rock Cycle" zip file folder.
Terms and concepts in this activity include:
rocks, minerals, elements, common minerals, igneous, metamorphic, sedimentary, rock cycle, volcanic glass, weathering, erosion, compaction, cementation, James Hutton, magma, lava, intrusive, extrusive, large-grain, fine-grain, basaltic, granitic, andesitic, metamorphism, sedimentary rock, rock types, shale, slate, schist, gneiss, magma chambers, hot fluids, foliated, non-foliated, sandstone, limestone, sediment transport, sediment layering, precipitate, solution, chemical rocks, gypsum, limestone, detrital, conglomerate, breccia, concrete, organic rocks, coal, chalk, Grand Canyon
Earth/Space Internet Activity "Rocks and The Rock Cycle"
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