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Rocks and Minerals: Study Layers and Stripes in Rocks and Minerals Lab

In this activity kids study rocks by looking for layering and stripes. They can then correlate these features to the way rocks are formed. An included reading can be used for read aloud or close reading with thought questions attached. Sample answers are always included.


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
❑ Group work
❑ Science Center, Science Stations


Questions Answered:

☀ What types of rock are never layered?
☀ Which type(s) of rocks are layered?
☀ How does granite change when it is metamorphosed into gneiss?


Topics & Concepts Addressed:

✦ Metamorphic and sedimentary rocks are often layered.
✦ Igneous rocks do not have layers
✦ Metamorphosis can cause layering.


Materials Needed

Suggested rock samples: gneiss; schist; slate; anthracite coal; bituminous coal; shale; mica


Preparation Needed

Collect materials, order rock samples

Rocks and Minerals: Study Layers and Stripes in Rocks and Minerals Lab


    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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