The Rock Cycle

The Rock Cycle

Author: Laura Provost

4.   The properties of rocks and minerals reflect the processes that formed them. As a basis for understanding this concept:

a.   Students know how to differentiate among igneous, sedimentary, and metamor­phic rocks by referring to their properties and methods of formation (the rock cycle).

This tutorial is for 4th Graders. 

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Types of Rocks

There are 3 types of rocks. They are sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous. These three types of rocks are formed in different ways.

Igneous Rocks

This is a video on how Igneous Rocks are formed.

Source: Igneous Rocks video fro kids by makemegenious.com. (2012, April 14). Retrieved May 5, 2015, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnoHDRPJjkw

Sedimentary Rocks

This video discusses how Sedimentary Rocks are formed.

Source: Sedimentary Rocks Video for kids by makemegenius.com. (2012, April 14). Retrieved May 5, 2015, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NygkD8uATng

Metamorphic Rocks

This video discusses how Metamorphic Rocks are formed.

Source: Metamorphic Rocks video for kids by makemegenius.com (2012, April 14). Retrieved May 5, 2015 fromhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MSK3n5uNvg

Interactive Rock Cycle

This link will take you to the Annenberg Learner website. This website will provide you with a review of the Rock Cycle as well as the differences between the three types of rocks. Explore the Rock Cycle diagram on the link for an extra review. 




Source: The Rock Cycle Diagram. (n.d.). Retrieved May 5, 2015, from https://www.learner.org/interactives/rockcycle/diagram.html

Homework (The Big Question)

Now that you are done reviewing the three types of rocks, for homework I want you to look around your house or neighborhood and bring a rock to school. Make sure that the rock you pick is either a sedimentary, metamorphic, or igneous rock. Be prepared to tell the class how the type of rock was made and why you think it's one of the three types of rocks.