About This Chapter
Below is a sample breakdown of the Earth & Celestial Rocks chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Rock properties||Composition, classification differences between rocks and minerals|
|Tuesday||Igneous rock||Extrusive rock, intrusive rock, magma, lava, crystalline solids|
|Wednesday||Sedimentary rock||Detrital sedimentary rock, chemical sedimentary rock, parent rocks|
|Thursday||Metamorphic rock||Common metamorphic rocks, effects of intense heat and pressure|
|Friday||Planetary geology||Celestial bodies, uses of telescopes and radar in planetary geology|
1. Rocks and Minerals: Definitions and Differences
Can you tell the difference between a rock and a mineral? What makes a mineral so much different from a rock? Explore these questions in depth, and learn how we classify rocks and minerals.
2. Rock Cycle: Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic Rocks
In this lesson, we will discuss the three main types of rocks and how they are formed. The lesson also gives an introduction into how matter locked in rocks can be cycled through the earth.
3. Types of Rocks: The Three Major Rock Groups
Did you know that lava is molten rock that reaches the earth's surface? Furthermore, did you know that rocks exist in three general forms: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic? This lesson describes these rock types and examples of each.
4. Planetary Geology: The Study of Celestial Bodies
Planetary geology is a field of geology that explores celestial bodies like planets, moons, comets, and asteroids. Scientists use a variety of advanced techniques and procedures to carry out their research on these distant bodies.
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