SciGuides are a collection of thematically aligned lesson plans, simulations, and web-based resources for teachers to use with their students centered on standards-aligned science concepts.

This guide explores rocks, from processes that can change them (such as weathering), to what can happen to them as they move through the rock cycle. Using this guide, teachers of middle school students will focus on the tangible process of sedimentary rock formation, but will also touch on the rock cycle as a whole. Use the sites in this guide to learn about rocks through text and multimedia simulations, read about scientists’ work, develop inquiry activities that encourage students to explore rocks, and discover common misconceptions about rocks and rock formation.


Middle School


Type SciGuide

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