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American Field Guide: Rock Cycle, The Story of a Rock
This website integrates video footage and information with lesson plans and activities to teach students about the rock cycle and rock types. Storytelling is used to help students understand the changes a rock undergoes as it passes through the rock cycle. These activities are intended to be used at the end of a unit on rocks and minerals. There are lesson plans for the activities with materials, instruction sheets, discussion questions, and assessment ideas. Links are provided for more information.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
  • Visual:
    • Video
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Mineralogy or petrology
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Real Media or Windows Media plug-in needed for videos.
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2001 Oregon Public Broadcasting and PBS
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-002-479
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Structure of the earth system
    • 9-12:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Geochemical cycles
        • Origin and evolution of the earth system
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Oregon Public Broadcasting