Author: juan garcia

MS-ESS2-1.  Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.  [Clarification Statement:  Emphasis is on the processes of melting, crystallization, weathering, deformation, and sedimentation, which act together to form minerals and rocks through the cycling of Earth’s materials.] [Assessment Boundary:  Assessment does not include the identification and naming of minerals.]

This tutorial is aimed at 7th grade earth science. It will focus on erosion and rock formation.

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You will read the material provided via the web links to learn the material and find the answers to the questions on the quiz.

Here is a link to an interactive website with a list of short passages on the rock cycle. Please read sections: introduction, the types of rocks, and how rocks change. Feel free (although not required) to do the activities or watch the animations provided.


Here is a web link to erosion and the weathering down of rocks and land in the Arctic.


Bill Nye The Science guy takes on erosion and weathering.

The "Big" question...

After reading and viewing the material provided, think of your hometown and/or surrounding area. Evaluate it and provide an example of erosion or an example of one of the steps in the rock cycle. Explain your answer on a sheet of paper.