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ConcepTest: Temperature Change over Time in Rock Formation
The graph below illustrates how the temperature changed with time for part of the rock cycle. Which of the following is best represented by the graph? a. sediment is lithified to form sedimentary rock b. ...

Investigating the Rock Cycle: Looking at similarities and differences in rocks in the rock cycle.
Jeff Ballman, Montgomery Lonsdale High School, Montgomery, MN
This activity is a lab inquiry-base lesson on the rock cycle. Students will look at the parts of the rock cycle by examining three rocks. Based on their observations and data they collect they should be able to develop a hypothesis and an experiment to test this hypothesis.

Earth History: Crayon Rock Cycle
Jane Schaffran
This is a classroom activity in which students develop understanding of the rock cycle using wax crayons to model the processes that form the 3 types of rock; sedimentary, igneous & metamorphic.

Metamorphic Rocks Lab
Ann Hadley, Manchester Community College
Students describe rock characteristics and determine if a rock sample is metamorphic. If it is, they determine the parent rock. If not, they describe what it would change into as a metamorphic rock. The whole class ...

TELS Inquiry Project
S. Raj Chaudhury
TELS Inquiry projects are online investigations designed around core topics in the science curriculum. Students manipulate computer models to gather evidence for explaining real world phenomena - in this case ...

Delicious Differential Weathering
Mary Gorte, Delta College
In this activity students are exposed to the concept of both physical and chemical weathering while eating a Baby Ruth candy bar. This is compared to the weathering of a piece of granite. The strength of this ...

The chemistry of sand: Not all beaches are created equal
Alicia Newton
Students use science process skills to make observations about various types of sand and make predictions about chemical reactions.

Investigating the Rock Cycle Through Writing and Illustrating
Leah Campbell, Central Intermediate School, Stewartville, MN, based on an original activity developed by Alissa Naymark, Rochester Public Schools
This activity is a quantative writing activity where students will use writing and illustrations to show their knowledge of the basic rock cycle.

Exploring Rocks: Rock Identification and The Rock Cycle
Tom Murphy, Nicollet Public Elementary School, Nicollet, MN Based on an introductory activity form the FOSS Kit; Pebbles, Sand, and Silt, p. 4
This activity is a class lab activity in which students will observe unknown rocks and learn about how they fit into the rock cycle.

Rock Types Lab
Barry Bickmore, Brigham Young University
This lab helps students link concepts about how rocks form with observations about how rocks look. It is designed to help them learn rock classification in a more connected manner than is usual.

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