Rock Research or Research Rocks


The Research Process

  • Get your Topic: Rocks – The Three Categories/ Classifications and how Weathering & Erosion affect Rocks

  • Get your Subtopics:  Choose 1 of the 3 Categories of Rocks
    • What do I know about my Rock:  [properties, examples, how is it formed, what we can use it for?]
    • How does it fit in the rock cycle?? How is it different than the other 2 Rock Types
    • How does weathering and erosion change my rock?
  • Google Slide Rock Template [Integrate Technology]
    • Will act as your outline
    • Copy Mrs. H’s template [choose dark or white mode]  rename with your names
    • Save in your student team drive under the Media Science File that has your teacher’s name – and your file name
    • Mrs. H will help with this set up.
    • As a team select your design and stay with it.
    • Whole group we will fill out the first couple of slides.
  • Find Reliable Sources -[Integrate Information Literacy]
    • Evaluating Sources
    • Reliable: That have authority – who is the author ? / what experience do they have?
    • Repeatable:  Use a variety of reliable resources [ Britannica Database, recommended websites, educational videos, individual books]
    • While you are looking at sources – you have to cite them too!

  • Mrs. H’s Rocking Rock Resources
  • Read/Think/Select
    • Use your google slide template as your outline for subtopics.
    • Research [more than one source] to find out how to fill in your slide. 
    • Read an entire “chunk” before selecting facts. Pencils down or Keyboarding Off.
    • Think about what you read was it important? 
  • Note/Compose
      • Select key facts from each chunk to match your slide/subtopics 
      • Note it on paper if you like – before typing your facts on the slide in your own words.
      • You will be presenting this – so you have to understand what you are writing/typing
      •  For books – note author/ title.  For websites or video  note URL & day of research
  • Cite – use Citefast or other online Bib [bibliography] resource
    • Citefast
    • Choose MLA 8  [Modern Language Association]
    • choose book, website, journal or other / like online video
    • copy and paste in your Bibliography [Bib] Notes page
    • then after all your resources are noted put in ABC order on the Real Bibliography [Bib] Slide
    • you can delete the Bib Note slides from your presentation
  • Google Slide Presentation
    • Work slide by slide
    • filling with facts , supporting details , pictures
    • update your Bib Notes slide
    • Finalize your Real Bib slide
    • Create a Word Art of Rock Vocabulary Words
      • download as  standard JPG
      • copy to clipboard
      • open slide in your presentation word art goes on
      • delete template word art
      • click in the box – hit paste 
    • Add transitions and or motion if there is time
    • practice presenting to an audience
  • Evaluate


Arches National Park – US National Park near Moab, Utah, famous for its natural sandstone arches and other amazing rock formations.

Views from across Yosemite National Park. “Yosemite is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves, and biological diversity” (Wikipedia)

Crater Lake is a stunningly beautiful lake, formed in volcano caldera, after the volcano collapsed 7,700 years ago. The lake is deep almost 2000 ft/600 m, it is 5 mi/8 km across its shorter side, a little more on the longer one.

SC.4.E.6.1 Identify the three categories of

rocks: igneous, (formed from molten rock); sedimentary (pieces of other rocks and fossilized organisms); and metamorphic (formed from heat and pressure).  Assessed as SC.4.E.6.2.


SC.4.E.6.4 Describe the basic differences

between physical weathering (breaking down of rock by wind, water, ice, temperature change, and plants) and erosion (movement of rock by gravity, wind, water, and ice). AA MC


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