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Ch 25: Igneous Rocks: Homeschool Curriculum

About This Chapter

The igneous rocks unit of this High School Physical Science Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about the characteristics of igneous rocks. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our High School Physical Science Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about the origins and classification of igneous rocks. There is no faster or easier way to learn about igneous rocks. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn to differentiate between different types of igneous rocks.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a physical science curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and an igneous rocks unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Igneous Rocks Unit Objectives:

  • Describe differences between volcanic and plutonic igneous rocks.
  • Explain the relationship between plate boundaries and igneous rocks.
  • Learn about batholiths and sills.
  • Discuss temperature, gases and viscosity with relation to the origins of magmas.
  • Examine the processes of crystallization and magmatic differentiation.
  • Explore the texture and composition of igneous rocks.
  • Study Bowen's Reaction Series.

5 Lessons in Chapter 25: Igneous Rocks: Homeschool Curriculum
Magma: Definition & Formation

1. Magma: Definition & Formation

Magma is molten rock found below the earth's surface. The temperature at which a rock melts is affected by its composition, pressure and water. Learn how magma forms and how it either feeds volcanoes or cools and crystallizes into igneous rock.

Volcanic vs Plutonic Igneous Rocks: Definition and Differences

2. Volcanic vs Plutonic Igneous Rocks: Definition and Differences

Volcanic and plutonic rocks are types of igneous rock. Volcanic rocks form when lava cools and solidifies on Earth, and plutonic rocks form when magma cools and solidifies below Earth. Learn about different characteristics of these igneous rocks.

Bowen's Reaction Series: Crystallization Process & Magmatic Differentiation

3. Bowen's Reaction Series: Crystallization Process & Magmatic Differentiation

Bowen's reaction series and magmatic differentiation are two ways of explaining how igneous rocks form. Learn about the continuous and discontinuous series of the Bowen's reaction series and how magmatic differentiation works in this video lesson.

Classification of Igneous Rocks: Textures and Composition

4. Classification of Igneous Rocks: Textures and Composition

Igneous rocks can be classified by their texture and composition. Learn how texture is influenced by the cooling rate of magma and how different mineral compositions lead to different igneous rock classifications in this video lesson.

Locating Igneous Rocks: The Relationship Between Igneous Rocks & Tectonic Plates

5. Locating Igneous Rocks: The Relationship Between Igneous Rocks & Tectonic Plates

Igneous rock can form where tectonic plates diverge or converge. Learn how the movement of tectonic plates can create the right conditions of the solidification of magma and the formation of igneous rocks.

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