For a more visual description go to gonyoscience.com/interactive rock identification
Interactive Rock Identification demo VIDEO
This activity includes:
Interactive Rock Identification (PDF)
Interactive Rock ID Activities (PDF)
Chart and Questions
Mystery Rock Lab w/clues Mystery Rock Lab without clues
The Interactive Rock Identification is a 278 page hyperlinked PDF document that guides students through the investigation of 19 Igneous, Metamorphic, and Sedimentary rocks. In addition to this, a printable 22 page activity booklet contains student activities and answer keys to go along with the Interactive Rock Identification. See link to demo video above.
From the table of contents, students can choose rocks in any order. The Interactive Rock ID navigates like a web site with clickable links that moves students along depending upon their responses. When a student gives an incorrect response they are taken back to the beginning of the rock sample to try again. Information pages are just a click away for students to learn about rock texture, grain size, mineral content, layering and more. Once a student correctly answers all of the questions about a rock a summary of that rock’s physical properties appears along with a description and information about that rock (how it formed, uses, etc).
Although the Interactive Rock Identification is a stand alone virtual science lab activity, it lends itself well to hands-on investigation of classroom rock samples using glass plates, steel nails, dilute Hydrochloric Acid, and a Bunsen Burner to investigate the properties and identity of those rock samples.
The activity works well on any device that can read PDF documents with hyperlinks (Mac, PC, Chromebook, iPad, etc). The document file size is small enough to be emailed to students or distributed with an LMS such as Blackboard, Moodle, Schoology, Google Classroom (Google Drive) or just passed around on a flash drive. Whatever method you choose, please be sure the file is only available to your students. Thank you.
Note: although the interactive power of this activity depends on the use of a computer, it is possible to print out select pages from the PDF document and hang them at lab stations if computers are not available.
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