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Rock Cycle Stories
In this exercise, sudents write a series of three stories that explain and/or illustrate rock-forming processes. As an alternative, they may write a single story that addresses the rock cycle. Describing these processes at a level appropriate for their target audience (second graders) requires an adequate understanding of the geologic processes involved and can reveal problems or misconceptions in the students' ideas of how rocks are formed. Teacher's notes and rubrics for teacher and peer review are provided.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Assessment / Evaluation
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
    • Mineralogy or petrology
Technical requirements:
Lesson requires Microsoft Word
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2005, James R Ebert
DLESE Catalog ID: NYIC-000-000-000-028
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: James R Ebert
State Univeristy of New York (SUNY) - College at Oneonta

Contact: Steve Kluge
No institutional affiliation