Science - 4th Grade
Students will understand the basic properties of rocks, the processes involved in the formation of soils, and the needs of plants provided by soil.
Identify basic properties of minerals and rocks.
Classifying Rocks and Minerals
Students identify rock types by observing key characteristics.
After finding the similarities and differences of school supplies and pasta, students will classify rocks and minerals according to their characteristics.
Minerals and Rocks
Students explore the differences between minerals and rocks. They
sort and identify 9 minerals based on their characteristics. After learning the
differences between sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks; students
classify 12 common rocks found in Utah. Students learn uses for these common
rocks and look at pictures of their formations found in Utah. Finally, students
learn about the rock cycle and understand how rocks can change over time.
NHMU: Rock Cycle
Through playing the Rock Cycle Game students will gain an understanding of the cycles that form metamorphic, sedimentary and igneous rocks.
Students will identify rocks in this discovery lesson by examining rock characteristics and processes.
TRB 4:3 - Investigation 1 - Minerals vs. Rocks
This activity will help students understand the basic properties of rocks and minerals.
TRB 4:3 - Investigation 2 - Classifying Rocks
Students will identify basic properties of minerals and rocks.
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