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Rock Cycle Roundabout


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    California Academy of Sciences

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Rock Cycle Roundabout

In this activity, learners will learn how igneous rock, metamorphic rock, and sedimentary rock are formed as part of the rock cycle and that the same forces that produce/change rocks also produce/change landforms. They will learn this by playing a game where one player must describe a type of rock (that is chosen by random card selection) to another player who then must guess what type of rock that is. Then, there may be a discussion of geologic time and learners can create a timeline model based on the sequence of rock types that were chosen in the game.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • Rock Cycle Record sheet (1 per student)
  • Rock Cycle Roundabout board (1 per group)
  • Rock Cycle Cards (1 set per 4 – 6 students)
  • Small Rocks or other small objects for game pieces (1 per student), not provided
  • Optional: Rock samples (metamorphic, igneous and sedimentary types)

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Volcanoes and Plate Tectonics
      • Geochemical Cycles
    • Earth Structure
      • Rocks and Minerals
    • Earth's History
      • Geologic Time

Informal Categories


  • Games

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • hear

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • California Academy of Sciences

Rights:

  • California Academy of Sciences, 2010

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