You’ve NEVER seen the rock cycle like this! EVER!
THIS HAS BEEN A HUGE HIT! Professional curriculum writers loved what they saw!
Pairs great with other rock activities posted on TPT!
A comprehensive and multi-faceted approach to the teaching of the rock cycle. Igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks are correlated to ALL the rock cycle processes. Detailed, COLORFUL, Pedagogically Varied, and Academically Stimulating for Kids!
First, igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks are categorized in 2 different ways – the power is in the teacher’s choice of whether or not the specific rock names are given to the students or not.
After attaining this knowledge, the rock cycle is addressed in graphical format that is friendly and easy to understand. The rock cycle diagram is given in 2 pedagogical approaches. First is the placement of the following cyclical processes: compacting and cementing, weathering and erosion, heat and pressure, melting, and cooling. Second is the placement of rock types/rock processes given the cyclical processes.
The rock cycle lab then BEAUTIFULLY transitions into an activity that has NEVER BEEN SEEN BEFORE! In this section one can even use real rock samples to enhance the experience.
Students place specific rocks and rock processes in their designated areas demonstrating how the rock cycle works! Like the game show “Name That Tune” – the activity is completed in 3 steps, 4 steps, or 5 steps.
Then, the lab/activity gets even better! Everybody loves the sections “What’s Missing?” and “What Happens Next?” A rock cycle summary is then provided concluding with a really cool section of geologic scenarios in which students match detailed descriptions with their appropriate images.
This works well for any level but is GREAT for special education students or college prep learners that need an alternative assessment and may not be great at traditional labs.
Also, perfect for homeschooling!
WIDE RANGE OF ABILITY LEVELS! The application to a diverse body of learners, whether it be age or ability level, is predicated on the fact that the instructor determines the difficulty level of the whole activity or part of the activity based on what information is given and what information is not as well as how verbal questions are presented to the student(s).
This is a thorough and DYNAMIC activity that covers a ton of information about rocks, the rock cycle, and geologic processes in general. This has been used as a pre-class, lab/activity, study guide, review, and assessment. This is an effective teaching tool one on one, in small groups, and as a class when using a Smart Board/Promethean Board/Projection.
A guaranteed hit all around!
A great addition to your geology teaching library.
Cut and paste or laminate and Velcro for special education or individualized needs application.
Within the classroom, this activity has been consistently very successful and acclaimed by students in grades 3rd – 9th within multiple types of schools - public, private, and charter.
This work has also been shared at workshops, in-services, and conferences.
Great feedback from parents, teachers, administrators, and curriculum field professionals.
Applicable to many state science assessments and benchmarks.
Has been applied to state mandated North Carolina end of year tests for science in grades 5 and 8.
Even used by teachers in New York State as a preparation for the Earth Science Grade 9 Regents Exam.
Answer key provided.
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*Activity designed, completed, and submitted at private residence/educational resource center*
Geo Leo and Meteo Mike
“The Tar Heel Tandem”
“Southern Science Specialists”