Igneous Rocks Lesson Plan

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Use this lesson plan to help your students learn the different types of igneous rock. Students will watch a video lesson, create a graphic organizer of different types of igneous rock, and participate in a hands-on rock sorting activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain how igneous rocks form, including how different types form through various processes
  • identify different types of igneous rock

Length

60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.7

Translate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text into visual form (e.g., a table or chart) and translate information expressed visually or mathematically (e.g., in an equation) into words.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics.

Materials

  • Paper (1 sheet for each student)
  • An assortment of igneous rocks (the more the better; each student group needs one sample of each type)

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