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Rock Cycle for Middle School Science

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The rock cycle is an example of how Earth’s materials are continually recycled. Students will love these engaging activities on the rock cycle and Earth’s materials. This is part of the science stand Earth’s Materials and Systems. Students will learn about the rock cycle through hands-on labs and close reading activities.

This middle school science resource includes:

  • nonfiction text passages on the rock cycle
  • response pages with text-dependent questions
  • hands-on labs
  • follow-up pages
  • interactive notebook folds and flaps
  • slide show
  • QR code research
  • a sorting activity

This resource has scientific reading passages with comprehension questions aligned with Middle School CCSS for Reading informational text.

This resource is aligned with the NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: Earth Materials and Systems.

This resource is designed to meet the standard for NGSS Earths Systems:

NGSS MS-ESS2-1. Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.

It is also aligned with:

Utah SEEd 7.2.1 Develop a model of the rock cycle to describe the relationship between energy flow and matter cycling that create igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. Emphasize the process of melting, crystallization, weathering, deposition, sedimentation, and deformation, which act together to form minerals and rocks.

Students will learn through the slide show, reading, and labs that Earth’s materials are cycled throughout our Earth’s system. They will learn how each type of rock (metamorphic, sedimentary, and igneous) rocks are formed. They will learn that all three types of rocks can be broken down and recycled in the rock cycle to make new rocks.

Science Concepts Addressed Include:

The Rock Cycle

Sedimentary

Igneous

Intrusive

extrusive

Metamorphic rocks

Melting

Crystallization

Cooling

Weathering

Sediments

Heat and pressure

Recycling of matter

Deposition

Sedimentation

Cementation

 

Science and Engineering Practices Students Will Use Include:

Asking Questions

Developing and Using Models

Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

Constructing explanations

Engaging in argument from evidence

Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

 

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts addressed include:

Patterns

Cause and Effect

Scale, Proportion, and Quantify

System and System Models

Structure and Function

Stability and Change

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Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.

 
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2020-11-03T20:44:55-07:00

Expedition Fourth

Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.   Honey Bee Digital Escape Distance Learning
My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.

 
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Heidi J

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
2020-11-03T20:45:49-07:00

Heidi J

My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.   Compare and Contrast Two Texts on Reindeer
I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!

 
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Tina S

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2016-05-03T18:05:39-06:00

Tina S

I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!   Science and Engineering Practices Distance Education Unit
The elephant article was excellent but I also thought the lab on dissecting a flower was broken down so easily, even telling me where to get inexpensive flowers!  This resource helped me teach this challenging standard in an engaging way.  Worth every penny!

 
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Richard S

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2016-05-03T18:07:52-06:00

Richard S

The elephant article was excellent but I also thought the lab on dissecting a flower was broken down so easily, even telling me where to get inexpensive flowers!  This resource helped me teach this challenging standard in an engaging way.  Worth every penny!   Structure and Function NGSS 4-LS1-1 and 4-LS1-2
As always, Lynda provides perfect alignment with the standards.

 
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Sharon M

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2016-05-03T18:24:44-06:00

Sharon M

As always, Lynda provides perfect alignment with the standards.   Age of the Earth and Geologic Time Scale NGSS MS ESS1-4
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