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4th Grade Really Rocks!A WebQuest about rocks & minerals Blanchard Memorial School
Essential Questions• How are the different rocks and minerals that make up the Earth formed?• What physical properties are used to identify rocks and minerals?• How are rocks used and why are they important to people?
MA DESE StandardsStrand: Earth and Science (preK—8)Topic: Rocks and Their Properties1. Give a simple explanation of what a mineral is and some examples, e.g., quartz, mica.2. Identify the physical properties of minerals (hardness, color, luster, cleavage, and streak), and explain how minerals can be tested for these different physical properties.3. 3. Identify the three categories of rocks (metamorphic, igneous, and sedimentary) based on how they are formed, and explain the natural and physical processes that create these rocks.
Student Instructions• Click or press the space bar on your computer to advance the slides.• Read each slide carefully for instructions.• Click to follow links to Internet resources.• Complete the worksheet and the evaluation.
Help Solve a Rock MysteryRocks are the most common materialon Earth, so it’s not a surprise thatyour teacher found some cool rocks inthe school parking lot this morning.She’s a typical teacher, so she’s nothappy simply keeping the rocks on herdesk. She wants to know exactly whattype of rocks she has! Can you help?
Introduction: You Are a Rock Detective!Your job will be to learn everything youcan about rocks and minerals so that youcan help your teacher identify her rocks.
Task: Search for Clues• You will work with a partner to collect clues about rocks and minerals from resources on the Internet.• You will complete a worksheet to help you record your clues.• You and your partner will use what you learned to identify 10 rocks.
Process: Detective Work1. Working with a partner, follow the links on the next slides to find clues about rocks and minerals.2. Read the information on each website carefully.3. Use your worksheet to guide your online exploration. Record the answers as you and your partner find them.4. Use what you learn to identify 10 rocks found by your teacher.
Resources: Search for CluesClick here . From the website, clickto learn the difference between minerals and rocks.Record your answer on the worksheet.Click here to learn about mineral properties.Click here and choose from the list of links for moreinformation about identifying minerals.Click the house to find minerals where you live. Use yourworksheet to list 5 minerals, and where you might findthem.
Search for Clues• Go to the Rock Cycle Diagram. Move your mouse to view different parts of the cycle, and click the images to animate the cycle. Use the clues to answer these questions• Below the diagram, click• Answer the questions about the parts of the rock cycle.
Search for CluesYou are almost an expert geologist now!Click here to discover how rocks are formed.Click for more clues that will helpyou answer the last question on your worksheetand give you the information you need tosucceed in identifying your teacher’s rocks.
Evaluation: Name That Rock!Click here to read clues (with your partner) andshow what you know by identifying the rocksyour teacher found today. How many points didyou earn?Take a Quiz (on your own) to show what youknow.
Conclusion• Great detective work! You have learned all about rocks and minerals, and proven your geology skills by helping your teacher identify the rocks she found.• Now you can play some games especially for geologists!
Games & Experiments– Who Am I? Rock Game– Does it Float? and other virtual experiments– Find Earth Materials– Rocks & Minerals Trivia Game– Rocks & Minerals Word Search