When I teach the unit, I break it up into sections. First, we learn about minerals and crystals and complete some labs investigating the properties of minerals.
Then, we talk about rocks, how all rocks are made of minerals, and dig into the rock cycle. Again, we will do some labs comparing and contrasting various types of rocks.
To culminate the unit, I usually talk about weathering, erosion, and deposition. This is a little more confusing for the students, as they tend to confuse the terms. My students enjoy watching a BrainPop video on the slow land changes, which helps visualize these processes. I also created an anchor chart to go over the three types of weathering.
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READING COMPREHENSION PAGES
– Earth’s Layers
– Igneous Rock
– Sedimentary Rock
– Metamorphic Rock
– Weathering and Erosion
HANDS ON ACTIVITIES
– Observing the Characteristics of Rocks and Wood
– Comparing Two Rocks
– Comparing Two Minerals
– Rock Cycle Diagram
– Discovering the Properties of Minerals
CREATIVE WRITING AND WORD STUDY
– Rocks and Minerals Adventure
– Rocks and Minerals Acrostic Poem
– Mineral Cinquain Poem
– Diamond Auction Advertisement
– Rock Cycle Brochure (with rubric and example)
– Rock Cycle Vocabulary
– Earth’s Layers Vocabulary
– Rocks and Mineral’s Online Scavenger Hunt
EXPERIMENTS AND DEMONSTRATIONS
– Rock Sandwich (modeling sedimentary rocks and fossils)
– Erosion Lab
28 TASK CARDS
14 POSTERS WITH PICTURES AND DEFINITION