Rocking the Cycle!

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Time to rock out! Discover the "life" cycle of the average rock using an illustrative stations lab and stimulating pairs game. Roll the dice to determine your fate: will it be melting in magma or chilling out to form igneous rock? The content covers the formation of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rock types.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Consider making time for the rock cycle WebQuest, a great extension of what has been learned so far; assist the class in downloading the packet necessary in completing it and schedule a day in the computer lab or library 
  • After completing their journey during the rock cycle game, have student pairs collaborate to create a paragraph or two describing their journey; let them spice it up by making their stories funny, dramatic, action-packed, etc.
Classroom Considerations

  • These materials are a great introduction to the formation and composition of rocks; sixth graders with basic knowledge of physical properties, nonliving resources, and matter should be well prepared for this level of thinking
  • A subscription is require to view Discovery Education videos; locate alternatives to have cued up to aid in visualizing the rock cycle
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information

  • Includes all printables are, as well as links to additional resources
  • The game is suspenseful for class members
  • Balance of materials focus on vocabulary and processes—essential learning for the topics that lie ahead

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