ROCK STATIONS – IGNEOUS, SEDIMENTARY, METAMORPHIC
Station 1 - Reading Non-Fiction Text
Students will read the reading selection and observe the rock cycle diagram. Then they will answer questions that follow. I photocopy the two sheets front to back and they put it in their binder after they have discussed the answers as a group and then self-checked it with the answer key.
Station 2 - Interactive Notebook - Rock and Fold
This foldable on Rocks: Igneous, Sedimentary and Metamorphic is perfect for interactive notebooks. Includes: double sided graphic organizer (be sure to copy it as 1 to 2 sided), pertinent information to include in foldable, diagrams of each type of rock and the rock cycle There are definitions of each type of rock. It is a cut/paste activity.
Station 3 – Virtual Rock Lab
Students go to http://www.glencoe.com/sites/common_assets/science/virtual_labs/ES04/ES04.html and read about the different types of rocks. Then they virtually observe 15 samples of rocks and determine whether it is an igneous, metamorphic or sedimentary rock based on the specific characteristics. They record their answers on the worksheet.
Station 4 – Rock Vocabulary Sort
Cut out the individual cards and mix up. After students have completed putting the cards into the proper group, they transfer that information onto the accompanying worksheet. Then they check their answers.
Station 5 – Rock Graphic Organizer and Creative Writing
Complete the Rock graphic organizer by cutting out the pieces and assorting them into the appropriate spaces on the organizer. Then use this completed organizer and your basic knowledge of rocks to write a creative writing piece about the imaginary journey through the rock cycle.
Station 6 – Math Connection
Students use their math and logic skills to complete the activity. There are leveled worksheets: A being the easiest (whole numbers), B being the middle (numbers in the tenths), and C being the most difficult (numbers in the hundredths). Enjoy!