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Rocks, Rocks, Everywhere

If you are studying the different types of rocks then this is the lesson for your class. This lesson will take your students beyond the textbook and into the environment.
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Students will be able to describe and identify different types of rocks by their observable properties.

(10 minutes)
  • Tell students that today they will learning about the different types of rocks.
  • Ask students if they know how many types of rocks there are and if they can name them. Let students know that there are three types of rocks, called igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic.
  • Play Three of Types of Rocks song.
(15 minutes)
  • Display the Types of Rocks worksheet on the board.
  • Tell students that they are each going to be painting and labeling the three types of rocks.
  • With a permanent marker, label the bottom of an example rock.
  • Using the rock classification chart, paint an igneous, metamorphic, and a sedimentary rock.
(20 minutes)
  • Have students work on painting and labeling their rocks.
  • To create stations, consider using the Making A Rock In A Cup science experiment.
(10 minutes)
  • Have students make a list of characteristics for each type of rock in their science notebooks or on a piece of paper.
  • Enrichment: Have students do research to see if they can find specific places the three rocks can be found. They should also find some pictures to show the rest of the class.
  • Support: You can have these students partner up with a stronger student as a peer mentor.
(5 minutes)
  • Have students take the Match the Rocks quiz.
(10 minutes)
  • Have students come together as a whole group.
  • Ask your students to identify the three types of rocks.
  • Have students provide characteristics for each type of rock.
  • Ask your students what they enjoyed most about the lesson.

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