3 Types of Rocks 5E Lesson Plan and PowerPoint: This is the ultimate lesson plan to teach the three types or rocks: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. Please click the preview
where you can view every single page of what's included. This product comes with a complete 5E lesson plan, a PowerPoint that is 127 slides long, differentiated note-taking pages that go with the PowerPoint, interactive notebook pages, a growth mindset mini lesson, and vocabulary posters.
5E LESSON PLAN
This lesson begins with an ENGAGING activity where students sort their own rock collections with peers. They choose the categories they sort them into. The teacher walks around and tries to guess how each group has sorted their rocks. After the activity, students EXPLORE the different ways that rocks can be sorted. The teacher tells them that geologists can sort all rocks into 3 categories and asks the students if they know what those 3 categories are. The teacher guides them into responding with he 3 types of rocks: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. The teacher uses the PowerPoint to EXPLAIN the 3 different kinds of rocks and the students take notes. After learning about the 3 types of rocks, students ELABORATE their understanding by pulling out their rock collections again and seeing if they can find any of the rocks they just learned about. To EVALUATE the students' understanding of the 3 types of rocks, a crossword puzzle and a coloring worksheet are provided.
This PowerPoint uses kid-friendly definitions, visuals to explain how reach rock forms, photographs of each rock, and explanations of how each rock is used in every day life to teach the 3 types of rocks. While going through the PowerPoint, students can take notes in a differentiated note-taking page (one graphic organizer is completely blank, while the other graphic organizer has fill-in-the-blanks for those that struggle with writing). All of the answers they need to write down are in the PowerPoint, making it so you can walk around and facilitate while they take notes.
To assess the student's understanding of the 3 types of rocks, I have included a crossword puzzle and a coloring page. The crossword puzzle assess their knowledge of the vocabulary words they just learned. The coloring activity assesses their knowledge on everything they just learned, but in a fun way. Students read the clues on the picture and if the clue is referring to an igneous rock, they color it red. If the clue is referring to a sedimentary rock, they color it orange. And if the clue is referring to a metamorphic rock, they color it yellow. Answer keys are provided for both assessments. These assessments can be used in class or as homework.
INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOK PAGES
If you use interactive notebooks in your class, I have provided some fun pockets that the students can add to their notebooks. Click the preview to see an example of the finished product.
GROWTH MINDSET MINI LESSON
Metamorphic rocks are formed when existing rocks undergo heat and pressure. What once was a dull rock grows beautiful crystals. What once was a fragile rock becomes hard and durable. In a way, we are all kind of like sedimentary rocks striving to become metamorphic rocks. To become a metamorphic rock, we need to embrace heat and pressure, rather than run from it. Having a GROWTH MINDSET
helps us do that. This mini lesson encourages students to think of something in their life that is causing them a lot of heat and pressure. They write why it is difficult and then sign their name, pledging to embrace it with a growth mindset because they know it will make them stronger, like a metamorphic rock.
The vocabulary posters included in this download are perfect for hanging up on the wall. Students can frequently refer to them throughout your lesson or unit. There are posters for the following terms: geologist, rock, mineral, lava, magma, intrusive igneous rock, extrusive igneous rock, igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks, and metamorphic rocks. There are also lots posters that display examples of each type of rock.
Like what you see? This lesson plan is just a small part of a much bigger BUNDLE. If you are looking for a complete rocks and minerals unit with 3 weeks worth of engaging lesson plans, task cards, assessments, vocabulary posters AND games, then check out my HUGE Rocks and Minerals Unit.
If you are interested in buying just parts of this unit, I also have the following products:
Hershey's vs. Snickers Lesson: The Difference Between a Rock and a Mineral
(A lesson you can use to introduce your rocks and minerals unit.)
Mineral Lesson Plans
(Two lesson plans that teach about the properties of minerals.)
Rock Cycle Lesson with Starbursts
(A very thorough lesson plan that teaches the Rock Cycle using Starbursts. It also includes a narrative writing activity.)
Rocks and Minerals Study Guide and Test
(It also comes with a review game.)
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