5.7 Rocks

The student will investigate and understand how the Earth’s surface is constantly changing.  Key concepts include:
a) the rock cycle including identification of rock types;
b) Earth history and fossil evidence;
c) the basic structure of the Earth’s interior;
d) plate tectonics (earthquakes and volcanoes);
e) weathering and erosion; and
f) human impact.

Research Resources:
Magic School Bus – Layers of Earth & Volcanoes
BBC- Rocks & Soils
NASA – Plate Movement
Tree Ring Studies
Web Rangers – Weathering & Erosion
Shape it Up Erosion Activity
PBS – Mountain Maker, Earth Shaker
Scholastic – Volcano Lab
NASA – Pangea
Rock Hounds: Sedimentary, Metamorphic, & Igneous
National Geographic Young Explorers – Hot Rocks
Layers of the Earth
Brain Pop Rock Cycle 
Harcourt Resource:  Rock Cycle
Prentice Hall Rock Cycle
Effects of Erosion

Henrico 21 Lessons:
Rocks Rock!
Earthquake in Virginia
Rock Classification
Rockin’ & Rollin’
Smithsonian Rock Blunder
Mystery Rocks

Design Briefs:
Build an Earthquake City
Drifting Continents
Earthquake in the Classroom
Faulty Movement
Glaciers Water and Wind, Oh My!