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Activity

Rock collection

Summary: 
Look at different kinds of rocks. Notice their texture, patterns, colours.
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Earth/Space: Rock cycle, Earth Materials, Natural resources (5)
Lessons activity is in: 
Materials: 
  • collection of various rocks e.g. sedimentary rocks showing layers, lava, mica, crystal, rocks containing metal ores
Procedure: 

Look at and touch the different kinds of rocks and discuss how they are formed.
Note: it is very hard, just by looking at a rock, and unless one is more expert, to determine whether a rock is sedimentary, metamorphic or igneous.

Notes: 

Rework to make more interesting.

Grades taught: 
Gr 1
Gr 2
Teaching site: 
After School Programs at Elementary schools in New York City