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Level 1 The Rock Cycle

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Our rock cycle for kids Level 1 Rock Cycle book includes twelve lessons about igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic  rocks. Lesson topics include Properties of Igneous Rocks, Clastic Rocks, Organic Rocks, Foliated Rocks and Massive Rocks.  Each lesson contains 2-3 pages of written material about the rock cycle for kids, a quiz and an elementary science activity.

Myrna Martin introduces each lesson in the textbook on a video that can be purchased with our packages and courses. Myrna covers not only the main points in the lesson she also includes extra information on the topic that is not contained in the written material.

The elementary science activities are fun and easy to do in this textbook. Lesson activities Rock Cycle Game, Weighty Layers, Growing Salt Crystals, Looking at the Rock Cycle and Making Sandstone.

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Teacher’s Edition Level 1 Rock Cycle for Kids Textbook

The teacher’s textbook is an exact copy of the student textbook. It includes the answers to the quizzes on each quiz page. A Teacher’s Notes page is located before each lesson with the following information

1. Lesson Content
2. Lesson Objectives
3. Activity information and materials needed
4. Vocabulary and definitions
5. Correlation with the National Science Standards

Rock Cycle for Kids

The Rock Cycle processes that creates igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks and metamorphic rocks is a continuous process that has been going on since the formation of our planet. New rocks form when volcanoes erupt, rocks weather, and continental plates collide. Today, the process is continuous with new rocks forming on ocean floors where plates are separating and molten rocks flows out onto the ocean floor.

Sediments carried by rivers compact to form sedimentary rocks. Crustal plates moving around our planet causes extreme heat and pressure when the plates collide. Colliding plates form metamorphic rocks. The rock cycle is the process of constantly changing one type of rock into another. All of these process naturally occur on our planet.

Types of igneous rock

Tephra, lava rocks, and intrusive rocks are the three major types of igneous rocks that are commonly found on the Earth’s crust. Magma (molten rock) that cools underground will solidify into intrusive rocks. As the magma cools underground the minerals form interlocking crystals that are visible to the naked eye.

Molten lava flowing out of volcanoes like Kilauea in Hawaii form molten rivers of rock that solidifies into solid lava rocks. Massive volcanic eruptions that send towering columns of ash into the atmosphere form tephra rocks.  All igneous rocks that were blown into the air and the rocks were airborne for a period of time are tephra.

Types of sedimentary rocks

There are three major types of sedimentary rocks. Clastic rocks form when bits and pieces of older rocks form sandstone, conglomerates and shale. Minerals crystallize between the rock grains creating new sedimentary rocks. Chemical rocks are the result of dissolved chemicals crystallizing on lake bottoms and shallow seas. Salt is an example of a chemical rock found in dry inland lake beds. The Bonneville Salt Flats were once an inland lake.

Organic Sedimentary Rocks

Plants and animals create organic rocks. They form when corals create limestone reefs and plant materials in swamps form coal. Hard corals extract calcite from ocean water to form organic limestone homes that protect them from predators. Coal forms in swampy areas when deep layers of plant materials turns to stone. 

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