Virtual Rock Lab

Clark Giboney
Willard High School (Willard, Missouri)
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  • Scientific Accuracy
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  • Pedagogic Effectiveness
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This page first made public: Apr 12, 2010


Students use a website to identify rocks based on their properties.

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High school geology

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

  • Know the properties used to identify rocks.
  • Know how igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks form.

How the activity is situated in the course

The students work with partners or in groups of three.


Content/concepts goals for this activity

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

Using the properties of the rock (crystal size, color, clast size, etc.) to infer about the formation of the rock.

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Determining whether students have met the goals

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