NOTE: the video demo describes the Full Version Activity
Interactive Rock Identification demo VIDEO
This activity includes:
Interactive Rock Identification LITE (PDF)
Interactive Rock ID LITE Activities (PDF)
Chart and Questions
Mystery Rock Lab w/clues LITE
Mystery Rock Lab without clues LITE
Answer keys LITE
This is a LITE version of The Interactive Rock Identification (a 278 page hyperlinked PDF document that guides students through the investigation of 19 Igneous, Metamorphic, and Sedimentary rocks). This free LITE version includes 4 Igneous rocks (the other 15 rock samples are locked) and all activities. In addition to this, a printable 22 page activity booklet contains student activities and answer keys to go along with the Interactive Rock Identification.
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. (see full version)
The activity works well on any device that can read PDF documents with hyperlinks (Mac, PC, Chromebook, iPad, etc). Thank you.
Interactive Rock Identification full version
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