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Activity Overview

The rock cycle is a group of processes that continually recycles rocks. These processes occur over millions of years, but not all the processes happen at the same rate. There are three main types of rocks that appear during the cycle sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic. In this activity, students will create a rock cycle diagram. To stretch more advanced students, encourage them to explain each process in short detail either by adding a description to the storyboard or an additional textable. Alternatively, support students who need more help by giving them a list of processes and having them label a scene.

Rock Cycle Processes

SedimentationThe process where layers of rock particles build up
Compaction and Cementation The process where the layers of sediment are compressed and stuck together
Heat and PressureThe process that can change sedimentary rock into metamorphic rock
MeltingThe process which can form igneous rock, where solid rocks are turned to molten rock
Uplift The process where rocks are pushed upwards by the pressure of rocks forming underneath
WeatheringThe process by which large rocks are broken down into smaller parts
Erosion, Transportation, and DepositionThe processes by which rock particles are moved
Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-12

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Group

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a visual representation of the rock cycle.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Use scenes, shapes, arrows, and textables to create a visual representation of the rock cycle.
  3. Save and submit your storyboard.


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

The Rock Cycle
Use arrows and textables to describe the rock cycle.
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Arrows and Labels
All the main processes are labeled and have arrows showing the movement of rocks or rock particles.
Most of the main processes are labeled and have arrows showing the movement of rocks or rock particles.
Some of the main process are labeled and have arrows showing the movement of rocks or rock particles.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.

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