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Two kids explore the contents of a rock collection

Student Application

Find out the 3 ways rocks are formed on Earth and the many properties of rocks and minerals.


Learning Objectives

  1. Students will understand that rocks are the non-living solid materials that make up the earth. In addition, understand that rocks are made of minerals.
  2. Students will know that rocks are found everywhere on the surface of the earth; however most rocks are located under the surface in the crust.
  3. Students will...

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    1. Put several different kinds of rocks in a box. Let each student hold and shake the box. Have the class guess what is inside. Rocks may be a likely guess. Let the students pass the rocks around and then tell what they have discovered about them from observing and touching th...

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Introduction

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While looking for help on a school project, Markie happens upon a helpful portrait

Student Application

Travel deep inside the Earth to discover how rocks and minerals are formed, to learn about the three types of rock, and to understand how rocks change over time through weathering and erosion.


Learning Objectives

  1. Students will know how the earth is structured. There are three major layers to the earth, the crust, mantle, and core.
    1. The crust is the outermost layer and is composed of rock. It includes the ocean floor and mountains and their outcroppings.
    2. Below the crust, exists the mantle, whic...

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Supporting Activities

  1. Start a rock and mineral collection: Have students bring in rocks and minerals that they have found as a class, test their properties and rank them on the Mohs' scale. Discuss whether they are igneous, metamorphic, or sedimentary and how this is determined. (Mohs Hardness Scale: 1-Talc, 2-Gypsum, 3-Calcite, 4-Fluorite, 5-Apatite, 6-Orthocla...

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