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This particular segment focuses on the types of sedimentary rocks and their classification schemes, the key terminology associated with sedimentary rocks, and sedimentary rock formation processes. Sedimentary rocks are classified into one of three categories: clastic, chemical, and organic (bio-clastic). In this activity, the classification is done in 2 ways: first by scientific definition and second by picture. Additional key sedimentary terminology with matching images are: rock outcrops, weathering, erosion, deposition, burial, compaction, lithification, and cementation.
The sedimentary rocks detailed in this activity are: conglomerate, breccia, siltstone, sandstone, shale, rock salt, rock gypsum, limestone, bioclastic limestone, and bituminous coal.
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.
This is a thorough and DYNAMIC activity that covers a ton of information about sedimentary rocks. 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 geologic teaching library.
Cut and paste or Velcro and laminate for special education applications and alternative assessments.
Within the classroom, this activity has been consistently very successful and acclaimed by students in grades 5th – 10th 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”