A hands on, colourful lesson to explain the rock cycle using Starburst sweets.
This PowerPoint includes all lesson materials:
Starter, 2x differentiated worksheets to label the rock cycle, method for the Starburst activity, Starburst rock cycle worksheet (or an idea to use a paper plate), plenary.
Identify rock types.
Describe the processes that lead to the formation of new rocks in the rock cycle.
Explain the rock cycle using a model.
Stretch/challenge: How can scientists use rocks to tell us how the Earth has changed over time?
AQA Chemistry: Earths Structure / Earth Structure / The Rock Cycle.
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These are 12 picture cards each describing a different stage of the rock cycle. They can be cut out and arranged by the students. Could be a 15 minute activity on its own, or could be a longer activity if you ask the students to use the cards as a basis for making their own poster.
This was an Ofsted LP I put together for my low ability Y8's
the connector activity would be better on A3 paper to help them
you will have to put together a few of your own statements for the Activation as can't fine the file I used, sorry.
They loved making the rock cycle using all sorts of objects including jelly beans, glitter and rainbow drops !
enjoy and leave some feedback please
We are always looking for ways of making our lessons more exciting and accessible to the pupils, doing something different in a different way to make a difference. Enterprising teaching and learning by any other name. Here I offer a lesson that I have taught to a low ability year 7. The topic was ‘The Rock Cycle’ and I wanted to show how through the application of heat and pressure you could change the structure of the rocks (i.e. how metamorphic rock is formed). This is a difficult concept for some pupils to grasp. So what better way to demonstrate this concept than by making CHEESE TOASTIES. Please have a go at teaching the lesson and make a difference through doing something different in a different way.
This lesson considers the main rock types and students complete and make a comparison pyramid to display in the classroom or in their books. Students then examine the rock cycle and have a variety of key terms and phrases to include in how rocks change shape and state as they journey through the cycle.
There is also a homework task to consolidate learning.
Rock Cycle: These cootie catchers are a great way for students to have fun while learning about rock cycle vocabulary.
Rock Cycle Vocabulary Terms:
♦ Geology, Rock Cycle, Weathering, Metamorphism, Stratification, Erosion, Magma, Lava
♦ Sedimentary rock, Igneous rock, Metamorphic rock, Mineral, Rock, Texture, Sediment, Composition
These rock cycle cootie catchers come in 2 different versions, each in color & black and white as well as pages for students to add their own definitions. All of this totals 8 pages which has students identifying vocabulary terms (with pictures) based from the definition.
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♦ Comets, Meteors, & Asteroids
♦ Life Cycles of Stars
♦ Moon Phases
♦ Solar System and Space
♦ Earthquakes & Plate Tectonics
♦ Layers of the Atmosphere
♦ Layers of the Earth
♦ Natural Disasters
♦ Natural Resources
♦ Rock Cycle
♦ Rocks and Minerals
♦ Water Cycle
♦ Animal Adaptations
♦ Cell Organelles
♦ Classification and Taxonomy
♦ Food Web
♦ Human Body
♦ Life Cycles
♦ Six Kingdoms of Life
♦ Atomic Structure
♦ Element Compound and Mixture
♦ Force and Motion
♦ Forms of Energy
♦ Light Energy
♦ Reflection and Refraction
♦ Scientific Method
♦ Simple Machines
♦ Sound Energy
♦ States of Matter
♦ Thermal Energy
The Rock Cycle Task Cards: These task cards are a great way for students to improve their understanding and skills with the rock cycle.
This product contains 24 cards with multiple choice questions about the rock cycle. A recording sheet and an answer key are included. Blank cards are also included for questions to be added, if wanted.
This recource is a literacy based question on the title topic for the year 8 scheme of work followed by most boards. Included is a question sheet and the success criteria. The students could use the criteria to write an answer and the either the teacher or the students could assess the answer using the criteria and offer improvements.