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The Rock Cycle Middle School Science Unit for NGSS MS-ESS2-1

The Rock cycle

The rock cycle is interesting for students to learn about. Use this complete unit to help teach your students about the rock cycle through hands-on labs and close reading activities!

It will save you lots of time and effort and will keep your students engaged!

Aligned with standards NGSS MS-ESS2-1 and Utah SEEd 7.2.1.

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NGSS MS-ESS-2-1: Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s materials and the flow of energy that drives this process. Emphasis is on the processes of melting, crystallization, weathering, deformation, and sedimentation, which act together to form minerals and rocks through the cycling of Earth’s materials. Assessment does not include the identification and naming of minerals.

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.

My students loved the lab and reading passages and the interactive notebook inserts. Aligns well with standards.

Margaret B.

A variety of rock cycle activities to keep your students engaged.

The complete unit includes multiple nonfiction text passages on the rock cycle, response pages with text-dependent questions, hands-on labs, follow-up pages, interactive notebook folds and flaps, PowerPoint slideshows on metamorphic, igneous, and sedimentary rocks, QR code research, and a sorting activity!

Fantastic Resource! I love the vocabulary in the informational text as well as the comprehension questions. The labs are so much fun. My students loved it.

Brittany P.

The rock cycle is an example of how Earth’s materials are continually recycled.

Students will learn about rocks and minerals and will love these engaging activities on the rock cycle and Earth’s materials.

This is part of the science standard Earth’s Materials and Systems.

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