How Does the Rock Cycle Work?

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
3 4 5 6
Organization:American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Summary:The rock cycle is the combination of all the processes that act to break down rocks, move sedimentary materials from place to place, and produce new rocks. In this investigation, students will discover what happens to rocks under lots of pressure and heat through a simulation that uses crayon shavings. Students will be able to explain how heat and pressure affect rocks by making observations to crayon shavings that are placed under heat and pressure.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 3
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.A
NGSS Performance Expectations:5-ESS2-1; MS-ESS2-1
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Developing and using models
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Stability and change; Systems and system models
Subjects: elementary school; geology; k-5 geosource; rocks
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