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This engaging inquiry based mini-unit is designed to develop a conceptual understanding of the rock cycle and Earth's crust.
Activity 1: Classifying Rocks Students classify rocks into 3 groups using observations.
Activity 2: Rock On!: Students simulate the rock cycle using gum and pop rocks.
Activity 3: Pangaea Activity: Students create a puzzle using the continents to demonstrate Pangea.
Activity 4: Shake it Up: Students create structures out of toothpicks and mini marshmallows and then test their strength in an earthquake simulation.
Activity 5: Stress Me Out!: Students use a miniature candy bar to simulate the 3 different types of stresses on the Earth’s crust.
An optional post test and grading rubric are also included.
This mini-unit is aligned to NGSS Standards.
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