In how many ways are rocks formed?
Can you name the rock that can float?
What do fossils tell us of the past?
This Quest will help you answer all these questions and more! ** No thin thinking allowed**
You will create an Inspiration presentation on your birthstone.
You will identify the three different types of rocks.
You will watch animations to learn about rocks.
You will complete an online word search.
You will create a PowerPoint presentation about the three types of rocks, and how they are formed and used.
You will be an expert on Fossils and what they can tell us about the earth.
You will design and name a pet rock.
You will evaluate this Quest and make suggestions for improvement.
The Process: Students complete the following activities:
Activity #1: Find your birthstone. Save a picture of it to your picture folder.
Activity #2: Design an Inspiration document about your birthstone. Click for details. Print out the Rubric from the Evaluation section and use as a checklist.
Activity #3: Download and save the worksheets to your hard drive.
Activity #4: What are the different ways that rocks are formed?
Activity #6: Read about igneous rocks. Complete worksheet #2.
Activity #7: Read about metamorphic rocks. Complete worksheet #3.
Activity #8 Design an Inspiration document about one of the types of rocks you have studied and facts about them. Include a picture. Be sure to include information about how they are formed and used
Activity #9: Create a PowerPoint Presentation from your Inspiration document about one of the three types of rocks, and how they are formed and used. Print out the Rubric from the Evaluation section and use as a checklist.
Activity #10: Design a Pet Rock. Use Paint Shop Pro. Be sure to write a paragraph telling about your pet rock and what it can do.
For Fun: Solve the Mysteries!
Fossil Limestone http://csmres.jmu.edu/geollab/Fichter/SedRx/Rocks/biospar1detB.html
Metamorphic Rocks http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/Canopy/1080/metamorphic_profiles.htm
Mineral Galleries http://mineral.galleries.com/minerals/byname.htm Find mineral pictures and uses
Mohs Scale of Hardnesshttp://www.amfed.org/t_mohs.htm
Sedimentary Rocks http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/Canopy/1080/sedimentary_profiles.htm
University of Berkeley http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/education/explorations/tours/intro/index.html
Science 11.A.2c Construct charts and visualizations to display data.
Science 12 E. Know and apply concepts that describe the features and processes of the Earth and its resources.
NETS - 3 Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity.
NETS - 5 Students use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources.
Students use technology tools to process data and report results.
Conclusion: By completing these activities, you should now be a ROCK star!
* adapted from original lesson plan found at Mikids.com