Dynamic Rock Cycle(KS3: DRC)

Provider: Earth Science Education Unit (ESEU)
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Description Try a series of ‘hands-on’ activities experimenting on and simulating the processes involved in the rock cycle. Use the integrating model of the rock cycle as a means of encountering common rocks and Earth-processes in a practical, investigative way. Please contact ESEU to arrange a convenient date and time for this NO FEE workshop; travel and sundry expenses are the only costs incurred.
Duration 90 minutes

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Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

Dynamic Rock Cycle

The workshop and its activities provide the following outcomes:

  • identification and terminology of rock cycle products, including soils, sediments and rocks;
  • knowledge and understanding about rock cycle processes and timescales, including weathering, erosion/transportation, deposition, compaction/cementation, metamorphism, melting, crystallisation, extrusion and deformation;
  • methods of teaching the abstract concept of the rock cycle, using a range of teaching approaches;
  • introduction to a range of Earth science laboratory activities, from simple modelling to more complex investigations;
  • approaches to activities designed to develop the thinking and investigational skills of pupils;
  • links between laboratory models and planetary processes, some of which are locally active and therefore relevant to pupils;
  • an integrated overview of the geological Earth science commonly taught to 11 – 14 year olds, based on the National Curriculum for Science (2007).
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Dynamic Rock Cycle

This workshop lasts approximately 90 minutes and includes the following hands-on, practical activities:

  • Starter Activity - rock cycle products and processes
  • Activity 1: Different types of Weathering - breaking up or breaking down material at the Earth’s surface
  • Activity 2: Erosion and transportation - rock resistance
  • Activity 3: Deposition - the movement of sand in flowing water
  • Activity 4: Compaction and cementation - sediments into rocks
  • Activity 5: Metamorphism - detecting the distortion
  • Activity 6: Crystallisation - fast or slow cooling, large or small crystals
  • Activity 7: Extrusion - Igneous rocks ‘in the laboratory’
  • Activity 8: Deformation - make your own folds and faults
  • Plenary Activities: Rock Cycle Simulations in Wax

The general activity format for each of the above is as follows:

  • Activity
  • Pupil Learning Outcomes
  • Pupil practical or teacher demonstration
  • Time needed to complete the activity
  • Preparation and set-up time
  • Resources
  • Ideas for following up the activity
  • Further notes

Workshop material also includes sections on:

  • Workshop outcomes
  • The National Science Curriculum (2007) Perspective
  • Names of Common Rocks
  • Rock Specimen List
  • Resource List
  • Teaching points of ESEU workshop activities
  • Risk Assessments

Earth Science Education Unit workshops have been devised for teachers and trainee teachers. They are intended to provide participants with a range of activities that can be used in the classroom, whilst helping them to develop the skills for using the activities in an engaging and motivating way that will enthuse and educate their pupils, whilst developing their critical thinking skills. The workshops should also develop the background Earth science knowledge and understanding of the teachers involved.

The workshop format may be transposed directly into a classroom, but often this is not appropriate. Similarly, individual activities, and the worksheets on which these are based, may be transferable directly into a classroom situation, but will often require modification for the classes and situations in which they are used, during which suitable risk assessments are undertaken.

This course does not have any pre-booked dates available. Please contact the provider directly to arrange this training.