Stories in Stone GEMS Guide Timeline

Curriculum in Focus Project

 

Key Question

Name of Activity

Time Needed

Key Topics

State Standards

How can scientists categorize things to compare their properties?

Properties of Rocks and Minerals

Lesson 1

40 to 60 min

Classification

Supports   1 and 7

What is the difference between a rock and a mineral?

Distinguishing Rocks from Minerals

Lesson 2

40 to 60 min

Rocks and Minerals

 

Supports   1 and 7

How can the shape of crystals help us identify and classify minerals?

The Shapes of Mineral Crystals

Lesson 3

40 to 60 min

Crystal Geometry

Supports   1 and 7

How do igneous rocks form and how can they be identified?

Formation of Igneous Rocks

Lesson 4

40 to 60 min

Igneous Rocks

Supports   1 and 7

How do sedimentary rocks form and how can they be identified?

Formation of Sedimentary Rocks

40 to 60 min

Sedimentary Rocks

Supports   1 and 7

How do metamorphic rocks form and how can they be identified?

Formation of Metamorphic Rocks

 

40 to 60 min

Metamorphic Rocks

Supports   1 and 7

How does one type of rock become another type of rock?

Recycling the Earth’s Crust

40 to 60 min

Rock Cycle

Supports   1 and 7

How do geologists classify rocks?

Classifying Rocks and Minerals

40 to 60 min

Classification

Supports   1 and 7