1. The Rock Cycle is explained, and students are asked to spot objects in their classroom that might be made of rock.
2. Specimens are shown representing the stages of the rock cycle.
3. Minerals are described as the 'ingredients' of rocks; students are asked to spot objects in their classroom that might be made of minerals.
4. Questions are taken throughout the lesson.
• Define the difference between a rock and a mineral
• Describe the three rock groups, how they were formed, and give an example of each
• List at least three uses of rocks and minerals
• Compare distinct properties of rocks such as texture and color
• Identify rock types based on recorded observations
• Identify minerals by their characteristic properties
See Ohio Academic Content Standards below.
Grade 3 Science: Earth and Space Science-Earth’s Resources
•Earth’s nonliving resources have specific properties
Grade 4 Science: Earth and Space Science-Earth’s Surface
•Earth’s surface has specific characteristics and landforms that can be identified.
•The surface of Earth changes due to weathering.
•The surface of Earth changes due to erosion and deposition.
Grade 6 Science: Earth and Space Science-Rocks, Minerals and Soil
•Minerals have specific, quantifiable properties.
•Igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks have unique characteristics that can be used for
identification and/or classification.
•Igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks form in different ways.
•Rocks, minerals and soils have common and practical uses.
Grade 8 Science: Earth and Space Science-Physical Earth
•A combination of constructive and destructive geologic processes formed Earth’s surface.
•Evidence of the dynamic changes of Earth’s surface through time is found in the geologic record.