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Our Level 1 Rock Cycle textbook includes rock cycle information in each of the 12 lessons. These are some of the lesson titles included in the book: Properties of Igneous Rocks, Pyroclastic Rocks, Sedimentary Rocks, Chemical Rocks, Organic Rocks, Foliated Rocks and Massive Rocks. Each lesson contains 2-3 pages of written material, a quiz and a kids science activity.
The textbooks are designed for upper elementary school students. Each textbook can be completed in one month by students who finish three lessons per week. A semester of Earth Science credit can be earned by students completing one of the Level 1 courses. Students wishing to earn a year of Earth Science credit should complete both Level 1 courses.
Myrna Martin introduces each lesson in the textbook on a video that can be purchased with our complete kits, 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. They also increase a student's understanding of the rock cycle information taught in the lesson. Examples of the activities include: Making Sandstone, Growing Salt Crystals, Recycling Plants, Weighty Layers and Rock Cycle Game. Each of these activities are designed to be created by students with materials commonly found around the home or in the neighborhood.
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Teacher’s Edition Textbooks
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
The Rock Cycle information on this page explains the process that igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks and metamorphic rocks are created, weather and reform into new rocks. The process is continuous here on Earth. New rocks are forming as volcanoes erupt onto the Earth’s surface. Sediments carried by rivers compact to form sedimentary rocks. Tectonic plate movement causes extreme heat and pressure when plates collide forming metamorphic rocks. The rock cycle then is the constantly changing of rocks from one group to another through natural processes.
Types of igneous rock
There are three major types of igneous rocks commonly found on the Earth’s crust. Intrusive rocks are igneous rocks that cool underground and solidify into solid rock. Intrusive rocks contain minerals with interlocking crystals that are visible to the naked eye. Lava rocks form when molten rock flows out of a volcano’s vent and solidifies into solid rock. Tephra are igneous rocks that were blown out of a volcano and were airborne for a period of time. Ash, cinders, scoria and pumice are all examples of tephra.
Types of sedimentary rocks
There are three major types of sedimentary rocks. Clastic rocks form when bits and pieces of older rocks form shale, claystone and sandstone. Minerals crystallize between the rock grains creating these new sedimentary rocks. Organic rocks all contain the remains of plants or animals. Coal forms in swampy areas when deep layers of plant materials turns to stone. Corals extract calcite from ocean water to form organic limestone homes. Chemical rocks are the result of dissolved chemicals crystallizing on lake bottoms and shallow seas. Borax is an example of a chemical rock found in dry inland lake beds.
Facts about minerals
Minerals are naturally occurring, inorganic solids with a crystalline structure. There are over 4000 named minerals that are officially recognized. Geologists and mineralogists use the properties of minerals to identify minerals in the field. Luster, hardness, fracture, and color are some of the properties that are important in field identification of different minerals.
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