Rock and Minerals Lesson Plans
Rocks- Students will classify rocks by properties.
More Than Meets the Eye!- Energy resources are unevenly distributed.
Students will participate in a hands-on simulation to help them understand
that coal resources are deposited unevenly between the earth's surface
and under the ground.
Rocks/Volcanoes- Students will differentiate between the two types
of igneous rock and designate the area the rock comes from.
Fossils- Students will better understand how fossils are created by
making their own.
Sandstone- Students will make sandstone.
Sedimentary Rocks- Students should understand that sedimentary rocks
like coal are formed by the cementing together of smaller pieces of rocks.
Or, like coal, from the accumulation of plant material.
Rocks - Use oral language to discuss how the variation of heat and
pressure form various metamorphic rocks.
Rock Activities- Students will understand that metamorphic rocks are
sedimentary igneous, or other metamorphic rocks that have been changed
by heat and pressure.
Rock: Melting Rocks- Students will observe and gain a better understanding
of the metamorphosing power of heat.
Sandwiches: "Bread Rock"- To graphically show how metamorphic rock
is formed by pressure and heat.
Brittle Volcano- Students will see simulated lava flow down a simulated
volcano. Students will learn that lava cools fastest on the surface.
and Mineral Attributes - The learner will demonstrate knowledge of
grouping rocks by sorting them according to their attributes.
Collecting- Students will practice classifying rocks in the categories
sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic.
Critters/Pet Rock- Children love to create rock critters. Have the
children collect some rocks (coal) of different shapes and sizes. After
you have a mountain of these rocks you can start.
Goodies- The students will learn the difference between sedimentary
Cycle - Students will gain an understanding of how a rock can move
through the different stages of the rock cycle.
cycle and Biomes - Students investigates rock cycles (erosion, soil
types) as variable making biomes unique.
Rock Activities- Students will understand that most sedimentary rocks
such as coal are formed under the water and in swamps, lakes, seas, and
of Rocks - TLW describe the relationship between rocks and minerals.
is a Mineral?- Mineral identification lab.