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The Story that Rocks Can Tell
In this activity, students are assigned a geologic profile based on a set of rock samples and are asked to arrange the samples from oldest to youngest. They then identify each rock type and record their observations of what processes might have formed it, what type of sediment it is made of, what sort of environment it might have formed in, and what agents of erosion or deposition might have been at work. Using this information, they will write a story explaining the geologic history represented by their profile and describe in detail how it might have formed.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geologic time
    • Geology
Technical requirements:
Reference Tables require Adobe Acrobat reader
Lesson requires Microsoft Word
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2005, Becky Remis and Rose Hochmuth.
DLESE Catalog ID: NYIC-000-000-000-045
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Becky Remis
Schalmont High School

Author: Rose Hochmuth
Schalmont High School

Contact: Steve Kluge
No institutional affiliation