OBJECTIVES Learners will be able to list the characteristics used in order to classify rocks into three major groups.
ESSENTIAL QUESTION What is the importance of classifying rocks?
VOCABULARY Rock Mineral Weathering Erosion Breakage Igneous Metamorphic Sedimentary
WARM UP Learners will be in groups of 4 and given a small bag of Lucky Charms and choose a physical property to divide the cereal into 3 or more groups and give a name for each group. Learners will then explain how they grouped their cereal.
Explanation Students will watch a 2 min. film on the 3 classifications of rocks at http://www.brainpop.com/science/earthsystem/typesofrocks/
EXPLORATION Students will be placed in groups of fours They will be given: A bag of rocks and graphic organizer. They will conduct 3 types of test in order to collect data to classify their rocks.
EVALLUATION At stations around the room ask the students to classify 3 rocks using 2 rock properties experienced in the lesson. This could be done on a quiz or chapter test later in the week.
CLOSURE On an exit strip students will write a statement telling what they have learned from classifying rocks.