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Rock Cycle: Model Igneous Metamorphic and Sedimentary Rocks

In this lab, kids make models of three types of rock: sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous. As they build each of the rocks, they’ll develop a clearer sense of what’s going on in the rock cycle and the processes involved in forming each of the three types of rocks. They’ll see the fragility and granular nature of sedimentary rocks and easily differentiate them from the harder and more uniform igneous version of the rock. 


What's Included:

✅ Task Card instructions
✅ Student Sheets for capturing observations
✅ Answer Keys to Student Sheets
✅ Teacher Notes with prep, set up, and explanations.


This Resource Is Great For:

❑ Whole class activity
❑ Group work
❑ Science Center, Science Stations


Questions Answered:

☀ How do sedimentary rocks form?
☀ What types of rocks can show no grains?
☀ How do igneous rocks form?


Topics & Concepts Addressed:

✦ Sedimentary rocks are made of sediment that's compacted.
✦ Metamorphic rocks are made when rocks are heated and pressed.
✦ Igneous rocks are made when magma cools


Materials Needed

old candles and crayons, plastic knives, paper cups, plastic baggies, bowl, hot water, foil


Preparation Needed

collect materials, melt and mold small blocks of wax

Rock Cycle: Model Igneous Metamorphic and Sedimentary Rocks


    Answer Keys and Teacher Notes address most questions and issues that might arise in this study—you shouldn’t have to do any outside research unless you want to.

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