Spot that Rock: sorting rocks the scientific way(KS2: 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). These methods can then be used on a series of unknown rocks. The activities not only explain why rocks have the characteristics that they do, but also what this means in the development of the local and UK landscape and in the uses of rocks. So, these simple but widely applicable methods can help you not only to investigate and understand major rock groups, but also to explain the landscapes of the world! 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

Spot that Rock

Expected learning outcomes:

Participants will be able to:

  • sort rocks according to basic principles
  • describe how key properties of rocks can be used in their identification
  • approach Earth science more effectively through a 'How science works' context
  • teach rock identification with greater confidence and more variety than previously
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Spot that Rock: sorting rocks the scientific way Earth Science For Years 3/4

This workshop lasts approximately 90 minutes and includes the following hands-on, practical activities KS2:

  • Spot that Rock: sorting rocks the scientific way - Activities Overview
  • Starter Activity: Shaking the Rocks
  • What is a Rock?
  • Are There Differences Between the Grains of Rocks?
  • Rocky Predictions and Explanations
  • Rocky Modelling: a tessellation exercise
  • Weak or Strong: which are the strongest rocks?
  • Classifying Rocks: the Earth Scientist’s way
  • Grouping Rocks (classification)
  • Naming Rock Groups
  • Plenary Activity: Weak Rocks or Strong Rocks?

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

  • Topic addressed
  • National curriculum references
  • Pupil practical or teacher demonstration
  • Time needed to complete the activity
  • Preparation and set-up time
  • Resources
  • Pupil learning outcomes
  • Activity
  • Extension ideas for more able or faster pupils

Workshop material also includes sections on:

  • Resource List
  • 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.