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8th Grade Standard III-Objective 2 The Rock Cycle

Standard III: Students will understand the processes of rock and fossil formation.
Objective 2: Describe the nature of the changes that rocks undergo over long periods of time.

Enduring Understanding: Several processes contribute to changing the Earth’s surface. Earth’s surface is changed by heat flowing from Earth's hot interior toward the cooler surface and by atmospheric processes powered by the sun. Gravity works to draw all substances downward. The rock cycle describes the stages rocks undergo as the forces of weathering, erosion, melting and recrystallization change them. Soil forms as weathered materials form layers on Earth's surface.

"I Can" Statements

  1. I can diagram the main steps of the rock cycle, including the names of rock types and the processes that lead to their formation.
  2. I can name and give an example of the 3 energy sources that change rock on Earth.
  3. I can describe three landscape formations created largely by the pull of gravity.
  4. I can analyze soil formation.
  5. I can idenfity conditions that are necessary for fossil formation.

Multiple Choice/Essay

Curriculum Map .... Pacing Guide

Learning Plan

Learning Activity Technology Application Lab Inquiry Lab Discussion Audio-Visual Reading/ Writing Students Teach Demonstration
8th Grade Core Tracker
Making a Fossil
Rock Cycle Game
Rock Cycle Story
Ice Wedging
Energy in the Rock Cycle
Modeling Erosion
Rock Cycle Crayon Lab
Utah Through Time (new)
Rock Cycle in National Parks
Use Vocabulary to Tell Rock Story
Writing about Rocks (new) X
Modeling Rock Formation X
Energy in the Rock Cycle ppt. (new) X X
Rock Cycle Animation