In order for my students to understand that metamorphic rocks are formed by heat and pressure, we listened to a story about metamorphic rocks while holding two different colors of Stockmar modeling beeswax.
After the story had ended, my students were amazed to find out that the heat and pressure from their hands had changed the beeswax that was in their hands! Instead of the two pieces of igneous and sedimentary rocks that they started with…
…they now had a new creation!
They quickly realized that they had made metamorphic rocks while listening to the story!
As our unit was coming to a close, I set out a few provocations for my students to engage in during our last few days. I figured a unit on rocks and minerals would not be complete without a sink and float activity! (including observing that pumice floats!!)
They also continued to enjoy comparing the weights of different rocks on our science table.
I hope that you are able to use some of the activities in these blog posts! As a quick reference, here are the links so that you can easily get to them!