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Science curriculum for K—5th grades.

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The Birth of Rocks

Rock Cycle & Earth's Processes

  1. Lessons
  2. Activity Prep
  3. Assessments

Mystery 1: Volcanoes, Rock Cycle & Earth's Surface

Mapping Volcanoes

Step 1: Print materials.

For each group of 8 students, print one set of Volcano Mapping Sheets .

  • For 8 students, print 1 set.
  • For 9 to 16 students, print 2 sets.
  • For 17 to 24 students, print 3 sets.
  • For 25 to 32 students, print 4 sets.

For each pair of students, print:

For yourself, print * one Volcano Discoveries Answer Key * one Volcano Mapping Sheets Answer Key

Step 2: Other supplies.

Each pair of students will need:

  • a red pencil to mark volcanoes on the map
  • pencils to write with

At the end of the activity, you will need:

  • wall space
  • pins or tape to fasten the maps to the wall

Mystery 2: Volcanoes, Rock Cycle, and Earth's Surface

Bubble Trouble

In this activity, students work in pairs and compare two different types of "lava" - thin and thick.

Step 1: Get supplies and print worksheets.

Each student needs:

Each pair of students needs:

  • newspaper or plastic for covering a desk or table
  • a paper plate
  • a plastic spoon
  • 2 clear plastic cups (dixie cups will also work)
  • water (the model for thin lava, placed in one of the cups)
  • flour and water mixture (the model for thick lava, placed in the other cup)
  • a paper mat

To prepare the thick lava, the teacher needs:

  • scissors
  • a gallon-sized ziplock bag
  • 1-½ cups of water
  • 2 cups of flour
  • red food coloring (optional)

This should make enough thick lava for about 30 students (15 pairs).

Step 2: Prepare the “lava.”

To make thick lava, watch this video to see how we mix up a batch in a plastic bag without making a mess. You can also mix your lava in a mixing bowl.

To make thin lava, we use plain water (or water with a drop or two of food coloring).

Mystery 3: Weathering & Destructive Forces

Sugar Shake

Get supplies and print worksheets.

Students work in pairs. Each pair of students will need:

  • a container with a lid (we use plastic food storage containers like these.)
  • 5 sugar cubes (available in the grocery store)
  • two washable markers (available at Amazon )
  • a paper plate
  • 2 Sugar Shake Data Sheets (2-pages each)
  • 2 pencils

Mystery 4: Erosion, Natural Hazards, & Engineering

Slide City

Step 1: Watch 1-minute video.

In this activity, your class will try a "brainstorming" technique that creative teams use to generate ideas. To prepare, we suggest teachers watch this short video demonstration of brainstorming.

Step 2: Get supplies and print worksheets.

Each student will need:

You will also need:

  • wall space where you can put up Post-it notes