On this graphic organizer, students will sort rocks as igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic.
After teaching my students about the three types of rocks, I use this sorting assessment to reinforce key concepts and check understanding. I simply print out a copy of the first page for each student and have them cut and place the rocks in the appropriate section. (No glue yet!) After sorting, students share their graphic organizer with a partner and justify their own answers based on their knowledge of rock formation (e.g., sedimentary rocks have layers because they are formed as sediments build up over time.) When both partners are in agreement, they can glue their rock samples in the appropriate column. Then we go over the assignment as a whole class and resolve any misconceptions.
You could also laminate and re-use this activity as a science center to help review before end-of-year testing!
Utah State Core Standard 4.3.1 Indicator C: Sort rocks by appearance according to the three basic types: sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic.