Model the process of sedimentary rock formation with this lab. Using common materials such as sand and salt and plastic cups, students make a simple sandstone. Directions are laid out simply and clearly for students to follow on their own without help. 

 

Use this to learn and reinforce answers to questions such as: 

❑ What distinguishes sedimentary rocks?

❑ How are sedimentary rocks formed?

❑ What are sedimentary rocks made of?

 

Concepts Addressed

♦  Sedimentary rocks are formed from sediment that is cemented and compacted

♦  There are three types of rocks (Sedimentary, Metamorphic, and Igneous)

♦  Minerals form from dissolved substances 

 

Standards Addressed

NGSS MS-ESS2-1

TEKS 6.10B

VA SOL ES.5.c,d

 

Materials Needed: plastic cups, salts (e.g. table salt, epsom salts, etc), a variety of sand, gravel, and/or clay

 

Teaching Time   About 30–40 min to set up plus a week or more for rock to dry out. 

 

Preparation Required  Collect materials.

 

Student Sheets   Scaffolded writing prompts & lab reporting 

 

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.

Rocks and Minerals: Model Sedimentary Rock Formation

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