This listing features a two-page “Getting Personal with the Classification of Rocks!” Activity with a targeted audience of middle school Earth science. High school Earth science teachers could readily test students' pre-unit knowledge with this exercise or simply use it as a reinforcement lesson to clean up any lingering misconceptions about the:
· Sub-classifications of rock (i.e. foliated, clastic, extrusive, etc.)
· The ways each class of rock is formed
· The patterned location(s) of rock formation in relation to the Earths’ crust
· Examples of rocks in each classification
· Commercial uses of rocks and minerals found within for each classification
· Rock cycle sequencing
· Unique properties of representatives in certain classes of rock (i.e. gas bubbles, fossils, etc.)
The introductory paragraph reads “There are three classifications of rock in the Earth’s crust – igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. Each class of rock is unique with its list of characteristics, from its description to the way it forms and where. Your mission is to write “Igneous,” “Sedimentary,” or “Metamorphic” on the line next to the descriptions below. How well do you know your rocks? It’s time to test your knowledge!”
There are 40 descriptive statements about rocks for students to classify. That’s right, there are forty classification problems on this full-page lesson to minimize the number of copies run off! Unlike the canned curriculum from textbook manufacturers, I am one to maximize the learning opportunities with every worksheet I publish. There is no wasted margin space here! The layout is user-friendly as well.
Below is a sampling of statements students classify (Students’ answers are on the lines):
1. ______Metamorphic_______ Forms directly from preexisting rock
2. _______Igneous_________ I am the only rock that can be porous with trapped
3. ______Sedimentary_______ Archaeologists “dig me” for fossils
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This listing includes a two-page key with the answers in red font for igneous, blue font for metamorphic, and green font for sedimentary to make grading easier.
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