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Rock Cycle: Simulation Walk Through Indoors or Outdoors

In this activity kids travel through the rock cycle, recording their journey using a string of beads. They will see the many paths as the simulation plays out with no two kids having the same one. We typically draw the rock cycle as a circle, giving kids the mistaken idea that there is a specific order to the process. Here they develop a clear understanding of how one rock can become a different rock and the processes involved in that.


What's Included:

✅ Task Card instructions
✅ Student Sheet for capturing observations
✅ Answer Key to Student Sheet
✅ Student Reading with Questions
✅ Answer key to Student Reading questions.
✅ Teacher Notes with prep, set up, and explanations.


This Resource Is Great For:

❑ Whole class activity


Questions Answered:

☀ What types of rock can a sedimentary rock become?
☀ Is there a specific order that rocks move through the rock cycle?
☀ What happens to magma?


Topics & Concepts Addressed:

✦ Each rock type can become another type of rock
✦ Sediment becomes sedimentary rocks
✦ Magma becomes igneous rocks


Materials Needed

Pony beads (5 different colors), string, binder clips (optional)


Preparation Needed

collect materials; cut and tie knots in strings, copy and laminate cards

Rock Cycle: Simulation Walk Through Indoors or Outdoors


    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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