Investigating the Rock Cycle Through Writing and Illustrating
In this writing and illustrating activity, students will be able to follow a simple rock cycle to follow the life of "Rocky the Rock". After investigating the rock cycle, students will then be able to illustrate the rock cycle, along with writing the story of "Rocky" to show their understanding.
1. Show understanding of the rock cycle.
2. Write fact based stories to illustrate that understanding.
1. Igneous Rock through weathering and then lithification becomes Sedimentary rock; Sedimentary rock through metamorphism becomes Metamorphic rock; Metamorphic rock through melting to magma and then crystallization becomes Igneous rock.
2. Most often the rock cycle starts with Igneous rock because everything starts as magma.
3. The rock cycle does not have to follow the predictable pattern; Metamorphic rock can change to Sediments and dissolved ions, thus becoming Sedimentary rock, etc.
Context for Use
Resource Type: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity
Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Sedimentary Geology, Petrology
Description and Teaching Materials
The teacher will give each student (or group of students) a piece of paper.
They will make a large circle and divide the paper into 8 sections.
The teacher will then go through the cycle with the students and illustrate what is happening (one event per section).
Students will then write a story about the adventures of Rocky the Rock as he/she moves through the rock cycle, breaking down and changing.
Students will be evaluated on their knowledge of the rock cycle and how their stories show this knowledge.
Students will share their stories with the class.
The rock cycle will then be reviewed with select students if needed.
Teaching Notes and Tips
Students will also be assessed in usage of key words, such as igneous rock, erosion, sediments, weathering, sedimentary rock, metamorphic rock, and magma.