Spot that Rock(KS3: STR)

Provider: Earth Science Education Unit (ESEU)
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Description ‘Spot that Rock’ leads you step-by-step through a series of investigative practical activities that will allow you to teach pupils to investigate and sort most rocks from first principles (and distinguish them yourself). The techniques are then applied in describing and classifying a series of unknown rocks. 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 60 minutes

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

Spot that rock

  • The workshop and its activities provide the following outcomes:
  • an introduction to a structured scheme of rock description and identification based upon the reliable characteristics of rocks, involving:
  • identifying key terms in describing rocks;
  • identifying key terms in describing the grains in rocks, using a magnifier/ hand lens;
  • testing for permeability;
  • modelling rock structures;
  • classifying and naming rock groups;
  • practical activities giving opportunity for investigation and discussion;
  • a focus on the main types of rocks likely to be used in teaching the National Curriculum for Science (2007) at KS3.
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Spot that Rock

This workshop lasts approximately 60 minutes and includes the following hands-on, practical activities:

  • Spot that Rock: sorting rocks the scientific way - Activities Overview
  • The grouping of rocks on the basis of reliable characteristics
  • Activity 1: What is a Rock?
  • Activity 2: Are There Differences Between the Grains of Rocks?
  • Activity 3: Rocky Predictions and Explanations
  • Activity 4: Rocky Modelling: a tessellation exercise
  • Activity 5: Weak or Strong: which are the strongest rocks?
  • Activity 6: Classifying Rocks: the Earth Scientist’s way
  • Activity 7: Grouping Rocks (classification)
  • Activity 8: Naming Rock Groups
  • Activity 9: Processes KS3/4 – controls on characteristics and investigating them

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 leading into the activity
  • Ask the pupils
  • Possible answers

Workshop material also includes sections on:

  • Workshop Outcomes
  • The National Science Curriculum (2007) Perspective
  • Resource List
  • Teaching Points
  • 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.