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Exploring rocks and minerals with young learners (part two)
13 Mar, 2016. 0 Comments. . Posted By: Kristen Smith

How to make metamorphic rocks

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.

how to create your own metamorphic rocks using Stockmar beeswax modeling clay

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…

how to create your own metamorphic rocks using Stockmar beeswax modeling clay how to create your own metamorphic rocks using Stockmar beeswax modeling clay

…they now had a new creation!

how to create your own metamorphic rocks using Stockmar beeswax modeling clay

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!!)

students discover properties of rocks students discover properties of rocks

They also continued to enjoy comparing the weights of different rocks on our science table.

students discover properties of rocks

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!

Creating stone fish

Graphing geodes

Growing your own geodes

Creating metamorphic rocks

If you are interested in any of these activities, they are all written out in my “Rocks and Minerals” unit available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store, here! 

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