Level 1 The Rock Cycle

3rd - 6th Grade Students

Our Level 1 Rock Cycle lessons include igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks and metamorphic rocks. The book is designed to be completed in one month by students who finish three lessons per week. Each lesson contains information, quiz and a hands-on activity.

Our DVD that comes with our complete kit contains video lessons taught by the author. The author introduces each lesson and gives additional background information on the topic of the lesson. The additional information is not covered in the textbook.

All our lesson plans contain a hands-on activity. The activities are designed to be fun and usually simple to do. They also increase students understanding of the information taught in the lesson.

Lessons Include:

  • Pyroclastic Rocks
  • Clastic Rocks
  • Organic Rocks
  • Foliated Rocks
  • Massive Rocks
  • Volcanic Features
  • Rock Cycle ID
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Fascinating facts about rocks

The Earth has two types of rocks that form the crust. Continental crustal rocks contain primarily quartz and feldspar minerals. Scientists use the term felsic to define rocks that are primarily made of these two minerals. Most of the rocks that make up both the basement and surface rocks of our continents are felsic. They are the oldest rocks on our planet.

The oceanic crust is made primarily of basalt rocks. Basalt rocks form from magma derived from the upper mantle. The minerals in the upper mantle are rich in iron and magnesium minerals. They are much heavier than the continental crust rocks. New oceanic crust forms at spreading centers where crustal plates are separating. The oceanic crust is recycled in subduction zones where oceanic plates are forced under continental plates and younger oceanic crust.

More Level 1 Textbook Links

L1 Rock Identification Course 1 — Level 1 Course 1 is designed for students in the upper elementary grades. The course includes Igneous Rocks, Sedimentary Rocks, Metamorphic Rocks and the Rock Identification Field Guide. Three sets of rocks are included in the basic and complete kits.

L1 Igneous Rocks — Learn what is igneous rocks and how to identify the four major types of igneous rocks. Learn how they are based on their quartz content. They can also be classified by their color and volcanoes that produce each type of igneous rocks.

L1 Sedimentary Rocks — Sedimentary rocks cover 75% of the surface of the Earth. You will learn how to identify these three major groups of sedimentary rocks based on their characteristics: clastic, organic and chemical.

L1 Metamorphic Rocks —Learn about how plate tectonics create new metamorphic rocks from older igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. Metamorphic rocks are rocks of change due to crustal plate movement.

L1 Rock and Mineral ID Field Guide —The field guide is divided into four major sections that help students identify rocks found worldwide. The easy-to-use field guide contains basic information on common rocks, charts and pictures that are kid friendly.


L1 Basic Earth Science Course 2 — Level 1 Course 2 will take a semester to complete by students finishing three lessons per week. The Earth Science books in this course are the Rock Cycle, Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Earth Science. Three sets of rocks are included in the basic and complete kits.

L1 Rock Cycle — This Earth Science textbook includes 12 lessons on igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. Each lesson and earth science activity is designed to increase a student’s understanding of the rocks found on our planet.

L1 Volcanoes — Volcanoes on Earth explode with tremendous force creating huge eruptions. Learn about volcanoes that produce devastating eruptions and those that produce quiet eruptions.

L1 Earthquakes — Earthquakes can occur anywhere on our planet. Most the great earthquakes occur around the Pacific Ring of Fire. Find out how these great earthquakes produce tsunamis that travel thousands of miles.

L1 Earth Science —Learn how three scientists from different countries discovered major layers inside the Earth using only earthquake waves. Other lessons in this book include Earth’s Plate Tectonics, Oceans and Layers of the Atmosphere.


L1 Minerals — There are over 3000 named minerals. Learn to identify minerals using seven important properties. Eliminating properties that a mineral does not have you can learn to identify them.

L1 Basic Earth Science — Level 1 Ring of Fire Science textbooks are designed for 3rd - 6th grade students. These basic Earth Science textbooks each contain twelve written lessons, quizzes and kids science activities

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3rd - 6th Grades
Level 1

Igneous Rocks
Sedimentary Rocks
Metamorphic Rocks
Minerals
Earth Science
Rock Cycle
Volcanoes
Earthquakes
Rock ID Field Guide

Level 1 Volcanoes Kit

Level 1 Earthquakes