The Rock Cycle

by  Museum of the Rockies

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Rocks, rock!
While rocks aren’t living things (or even squishy, for that matter!), they
still go through cycles – changing and morphing from one type to another over
time. Learn about the three basic rock types and how sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks form.

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45 minutes with time for questions.

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

Minimum participants:

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Maximum participants:

No minimum

Primary Disciplines

Sciences, STEM

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Museum of the Rockies

United States

Museum of the Rockies (MOR) is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, a college-level division of Montana State University, a Smithsonian Affiliate, and a repository for state and federal fossils. MOR is recognized as a world-class cultural and natural history museum and research facility. It is renowned for displaying an extensive collection of dinosaur fossils, including the fully-mounted Montana's T. rex skeleton!

MOR delights members and visitors with changing exhibits from around the world, cultural and natural history exhibits, planetarium shows, educational programs and camps, insightful lectures, benefit events, and a museum store.

Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, MOR is one of 1,096 museums to hold this distinction from the more than 33,000 museums nationwide. The museum is also a member of The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Travel Passport Program and the Montana Dinosaur Trail.

The museum is proud to have sister-museum relationships with the Carter County Museum, Mifune Dinosaur Museum, Aso Volcano Museum, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.

Ashley Hall

Program Details


1. Welcome and introduction to Museum of the Rockies
2. Why learn about the rock cycle?
3. Earth: A Rocky Planet
4. Sedimentary rocks
5. Metamorphic rocks
6. Igneous rocks (extrusive and intrusive)
7. Montana: The Treasure State (gems, gold, and treasure!)
8. Questions and conclusions


After the program, students should be able to:
1. Identify the three basic rock types.
2. Explain that tectonic processes are continually occurring.
3. Understand the forces that contribute to the rock cycle.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Montana Science Standards?

4th Grade
Earth & Space Science: Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.

5th Grade
Earth & Space Science: Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.

6th – 8th Grade
Earth & Space Science: Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have change Earth’s surface at varying time scales and spatial scales. (2) Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of past plate motion.