Tried and True: Rock cycle project—Rock and rap CD coverby: Sandra Rutherford and Cindy Corlett

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The Earth system views the entire planet as a single dynamic entity. Understanding the individual components and their interactions is necessary to completely understand how the planet works. Because the Earth system can be too complex for many middle-level students to initially view as a whole, it is best to look at each of the components separately (Kali, Orion, and Eylon 2003). Cycles such as the rock cycle are important for understanding the interconnections among the spheres. Therefore, the Rock and Rap CD project, which follows the steps of the 5E learning model (BSCS 2006), is a fun activity that helps students to grasp this difficult concept.

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  • on Thu Feb 16, 2012 10:00 PM

I most certainly will use this activity as a means to extend and refine my scholars' knowledge of the processes that occur while rocks are transforming among sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic. Because its divided into several parts (five), 'the Band' will easily hook and hold scholars' attention. This is a great way to help scholars internalize specific concepts (rocks) in a meaningful way.

Lorrie Armfield  (Laurel, MD)
Lorrie Armfield (Laurel, MD)

  • on Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:53 AM

As the authors point out this activity can be the elaboration part of a 5E lesson about the rock cycle. This project has five parts to it. The parts relate to creating a band, naming the band, describing the biography of its members, etc. This project sounds like fun and it would seem students would have fun developing it and relating this to a traditional rock cycle. This is definitely a creative approach to a concept that often baffles students.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Sat Jan 15, 2011 11:32 AM

This is another great idea. I agree augment activities are engaging.

Nikki T
Nikki T

  • on Wed Dec 29, 2010 9:14 PM

This Article explains a creative culminating activity for the rock Unit. I loved it!!

LeRoy A
LeRoy A

  • on Tue Oct 12, 2010 10:54 PM

This outstanding project uses the 5E learning model and is dynamic. I have had success in captivating the imagination of my MS and assessing their knowledge of the rock cycle. Illustrated samples and rubrics along with detailed instructions. Two 45 minute class periods with pairs is suggested, my students we motivated to work alone and I would allow 4-5 class periods if you want the students to write and edit their "Rock" stories. I also had several students extend their learning and record their "Rock" songs. You will be as engaged as your students!

Alyce Dalzell  (Peyton, CO)
Alyce Dalzell (Peyton, CO)

  • on Tue Jan 18, 2011 6:29 PM

The activity described in this article can act as a review of basic concepts regarding the rock cycle. The focus of the article is the development of the CD cover (name of "rock" band, song titles and pictures), but the article briefly discusses other activities to introduce and conclude a set of activities. A rubric for grading the CD covers is included.

Bambi Bailey  (Tyler, TX)
Bambi Bailey (Tyler, TX)

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