Monday, December 3, 2012

Science: Rocks and Minerals

We are having a great time learning about rocks and minerals. We have been exploring the rock cycle to understand the complicated relationship between sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks. We will be conducting many experiments in our classroom to aid in our understanding of rock formations. Throughout the week, ask your student about what we did with crayons, charcoal, beans, and playdough. Many students have been bringing in rocks and we are looking forward to identifying each one. Click on the link below to refresh your memory of rocks! Also, enjoy the "Rock Cycle Song" as a fun way to review the 3 different kinds of rock.

Rock Cycle Song  
(Sing to the tune of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat")

Has been formed in layers  
Often found near water sources  
With fossils from decayers.  

Then there's IGNEOUS rock  
Here since Earth was born  
Molten Lava, cooled and hardened  
That's how it is formed.  

These two types of rocks  
Can also be transformed  
With pressure, heat and chemicals  
METAMORPHIC they'll become.