Rock On! The Secret Life of Rocks & Minerals

by  Central Michigan University: Museum of Cultural and Natural History

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How are rocks created? Are minerals and rocks the same thing? Use our geology specimens to help answer some of these questions! This interactive program will explore the intricate processes that occur on earth that to the formation of rocks and landforms. Programs materials will include pre- and post-visit discussion topics and directions for various hands-on activities for further exploration.  

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About This Program


By Request: $140.00


60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

No minimum

Maximum participants:

There is no maximum, but sessions rely on questions and answers from participants so a maximum of 30 is suggested.

Primary Disciplines

Problem Solving, Sciences, Social Studies/History, STEM STEAM

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

Booking Information

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Please provide 48 hours notice for cancellations in order to receive a full refund. If needing to reschedule a program, please notify Rebecca Petrone directly. Cancellations due to weather or closures will have the opportunity to re-schedule without a fee.

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Central Michigan University: Museum of Cultural and Natural History

Mt. Pleasant , Michigan
United States

The Museum of Cultural and Natural History strives to provide educational opportunities that inspire curiosity, imagination, and memory. Our goal is to promote sustainable relationships between peoples and their environments by encouraging respect for cultural and natural diversity. Through our distance learning programs, we look to encourage a spirit of inquiry through interactive demonstrations that help spark thoughtful discussion and further exploration!

Rebecca Petrone

Program Details


1) Introduction
2) Rocks vs. Minerals
3) Observe mineral specimens and record observations
4) Types of Rocks (Sedimentary, Igneous, Metamorphic)
5) Observe rock specimens and record observations
6) The Rock Cycle
7) Plate Tectonics
8) Rocks and minerals as a natural Resource
9) Q&A


-Understand how minerals are the building blocks of rock formations
-Identify the basic characteristics of sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rock
-Learn what the rock cycle is and how it relates to the creation of rocks
-Discuss plate tectonics and review their role within the rock cycle and in the creation of new landforms
-Review rocks as a natural resource and the environmental challenges and solutions associated with mining

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Next Generation Science Standards
4-ESS1-1 Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.
5-ESS2-1 Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.
5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
MS-ESS2-2 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales.
MS-ESS2-1 Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.

State Standards

Social Studies: Geography
6 – G2.1.1 Locate and describe the basic patterns of landforms.
6 – G2.1.2 Locate and describe the basic pattern and processes of plate tectonics.