School of Rock

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Why do rocks break down over time? Learners explore this concept by simulating physical and chemical weathering of different types of rocks. They use an abrasive to demonstrate physical weathering and acid to demonstrate chemical weathering over several days. Then, they draw conclusions about how the different types of rocks are affected.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have scholars test other materials besides rock to compare how structures are built
  • Use as an introduction activity to a research project on famous structures that have eroded
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires materials not found in all classrooms
  • Provide safety equipment for the activity, as it deals with chemicals

  • Offers extensions that includes outdoor activities and/or research
  • Includes key vocabulary and background information

  • None
Common Core