Types of Igneous Rocks Organizer & Comparison of Volcanoes Writing Prompt

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This resource has 2 one-page activities. I often print them on front/back of a piece of paper, and we do them on different days.

Activity #1: Types of Igneous Rocks Graphic Organizer
I created this resource to use in my high school Earth Science class. We are starting a chapter about volcanoes. I wanted a quick graphic organizer to review the 6 types (textures) or igneous rocks. I created a table with space for students to sketch their igneous rocks, with fill-in-the-blank clues at the bottom of each box. Students may use a textbook or the internet to look for pictures of the 6 types of igneous rocks.

Teaching Suggestion: I pair this activity with my Anatomy of a Volcano Review. Day one we do the Anatomy of a Volcano review, and review terms and the three types of volcanoes. Day two we review the six types of igneous rocks, and then we pull out clay and sculpt a volcano. I ask students to label the anatomy of the volcano, and then to sculpt & label the correct type of igneous rock created in each part of the volcano - inside and out.

Activity #2: Comparison of Volcanoes Writing Prompt
This graphic organizer helps students with pre-writing skills and brainstorming about a science comparison writing prompt. Students are asked to compare 2 well-known volcanoes in the United States. The volcanoes differ in the type of volcano, the type of eruption, and even how they were created via tectonic forces. Students may use their textbook or the internet to look for information to fill out their comparison. The graphic organizer is set up in 4 boxes. The upper two boxes ask questions about each volcano, and then the lower two boxes are divided into similarities and differences.

Teaching Suggestion: This activity can be used as a stand-alone activity as a quick assessment of student knowledge. It may be used as a bell ringer activity at the start of class, or as a closing reflection. It could also be used in small groups as a collaborative activity. Students could work independently and then share out in small groups or to the class. This activity could be used as it, or it could be used as a pre-writing template that students could fill out and then follow up by writing a more formal essay-style answer to the question.

Answer Keys: Answer keys are included for both activities. Activity #1 - the answer key fills in the blanks, but does not sketch the rocks. Activity #2 - the answer key gives a detailed answer via bullets in all four boxes.

What you will receive: This file is a PDF file. The student activities are on two pages, and may be printed front/back to give students on one page. The answer key extended the worksheet boxes, so the answer key actually takes up a little more than 2 pages. There are 5 PDF pages in this file.
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