Make learning the rock cycle fun by incorporating science, writing, drawing, oral communication, cooperative learning, and even comedy! In this packet, students will answer questions in different ways about the rock cycle using either a Depth & Complexity frame or question and answer format.
Included in this packet:
+ A note taking organizer in which students jot down important details and vocabulary and then draw, model or write down ways to remember the information. There is also a section for unanswered questions.
+(2) Depth & Complexity frames with questions/prompts. Prompts include both older and newer icons, plus some of the content imperatives.
+(2) Alternate formatting options for the frames
+(2) Depth & Complexity frames embedded with cooperative learning structures
+(2) Depth & Complexity frames with option for filling-in-the-blank to change up the questions/prompts.
+ (4) Question and Answer format
+ (4) Depth and Complexity/Content Imperative prompt task cards for cooperative learning activities
+ Extension Activity Suggestions
+ “If I were a rock” extension activity (write & illustrate)
+ “My Rock Comic” extension activity (both with and without speech bubbles)
+ Sample answers
+ Suggestions for Use page (ideas on how I teach the lesson)
Not Only for GATE Students!
Although this lesson uses GATE (Gifted and Talented) icons and frame, all activities can be used with students at any level. I've used this packet with students ranging from gifted to special education, and all students have shown success! I actually teach a GATE class and a general ed class full of 4th graders, and they all enjoy this lesson.
Kids will discuss and find important details about the rock cycle, use the vocabulary a geologist would use, describe patterns of the rock cycle, draw a diagram, explain processes of weathering and erosion, determine what must converge in order for rocks to change, find the origin of igneous rocks, and pretend to analyze a sedimentary rock in order to give proof about an observation.
Extension activities are also given, and two of the activities are included in the packet. In the first activity, students are asked to write to the prompt “If I were a rock…” and in the second activity, students are to create a rock comic strip. Suggestions for use are given at the end of the packet in great detail.
This packet is part of a larger bundle which also features a packet on Minerals. You can see this bundle by clicking on the link below:
The Rock Cycle Depth and Complexity Frames and Activities Bundle
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