MS-ESS2-1 The Rock Cycle Lab Stations Activity

MS-ESS2-1 The Rock Cycle Lab Stations Activity
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About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities
SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:
Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency
Narrative Station to build science literacy
Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding
Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design
Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Next Generation Science Standards
This laboratory satisfies NGSS MS-ESS2-1. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - in order to meet the standard. This laboratory also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

The Rock Cycle Lab Learning Objectives
1. Compare and contrast sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks.
2. Discuss the processes that form and breakdown sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rock.
3. Explain how energy from the Earth’s hot interior and natural processes drives the rock cycle.
4. Develop a model that describes the rock cycle.

Science Skills Station
Students will use a dichotomous key to classify rocks. Based on the classification, students will compare and contrast the three major types of rocks. They will also create an illustration that summarizes the processes of the rock cycle that transform one type of rock into another.

Narrative Station
Students will read a text about the three major types of rocks. They will also read about the processes that form and transform one type rock into another type of rock as part of the rock cycle.

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to the rock cycle. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
Students will develop a model of the rock cycle using Starburst candies. Students will model the processes of the rock cycle and describe how rocks transform between sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rock.

Synthesis/Summary Project
Students will have a choice of 11 projects. Refer to the SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide for directions and suggestions on how to conduct the project.

This download includes:
• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection
• Directions and questions for each lab station
• Student recording sheets
• Teacher Key

Additional Materials Required:
Ruler
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5-10 pound weight or object
Ziploc sandwich bag (per group)
Stopwatch
Heat-safe gloves or tongs
Colored pencils
Large bowl with ice (optional)

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