Rock Cycle Activity Worksheet and Project NGSS MS-ESS2-1 and TEKS 6.10B

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This SIMPLE, but FUN project is designed to challenge students to demonstrate their knowledge of the Rock Cycle in a creative way and is newly updated as a digital PDF for home or distance learning! It includes a detailed rubric for EASY grading, 5 options for projects, and links to help you teach the rock cycle! Differentiated to fit the needs of your students! For a digital notebook on the 3 Rocks and Rock Cycle, click here!

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This resource is aligned with the following standards:

NGSS Performance Expectation: MS-ESS2-1. Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.

Texas TEKS: 6.10B Classify rocks as metamorphic, igneous, or sedimentary by the processes of their formation.

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  4. Students samples (images)

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Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant, accurate data and evidence that demonstrate an understanding of the topic or text, using credible sources.
Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/experiments, or technical processes.
Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


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