Interactives: Rock Cycle

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
5 6 7 8
Organization:Annenberg Learner
Summary:Rock Cycle is an interactive Web site where students can learn all about rocks and geology, the science of rocks. They will learn how rocks can be identified, how they are formed, and how they change over time. Students will identify the three major kinds of rocks and learn how to tell them apart. They will also discover how the different types of rocks are formed. Despite what students might assume, rocks actually change over time. Students will learn what kind of changes can happen to rocks, and about the processes that cause these changes. Putting all this knowledge together, students will understand that the rock cycle — a continuous pattern of change — helps explain what happens over and over again to the rocks in our earth.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1; Big Idea 2; Big Idea 3
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS1.C; ESS2.A
NGSS Performance Expectations:5-ESS2-1; MS-ESS1-4; MS-ESS2-1; MS-ESS2-2
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Developing and using models
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Scale, proportion, and quantity; Stability and change; Systems and system models
Subjects: earth system evolution; geology; history; middle school; rocks
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