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Rock Cycle Project Ideas

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

Learning about the rock cycle helps students understand one of the ways that nature works towards achieving balance. While working on these projects, students will gain hands-on, real world experience related to the formation of rocks.

Rock Cycle

Why teach the rock cycle? Understanding the transformations that rocks undergo during the rock cycle helps scientists predict natural disasters, such as earthquakes and landslides. Further, engineers use this information to safely plan construction projects. Although most students have some experiences with rocks and know there are differences between them, many do not realize how rocks change over time or why that matters. The projects provide upper elementary and middle school students with cross-curricular activities that teach students about different types of rocks and the rock cycle.

Rock Cycle Projects

Simulate Rock Cycle

Grade levels: 4-8

Length: 45-60 minutes

Materials needed: crayons (paper label removed), cheese grater, aluminum foil, vise, hot plate, ice, bowls, camera, computer/internet/printer access, oven mitts

Divide students into small groups. Provide each group with a set of materials.

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