Metamorphic Rock Activities
We brought the rock portion of our unit to a close with a look at metamorphic rocks. The kids had a tough time deciding which rock sample was marble and which was quartzite.
We also did the melted-crayon version to show how metamorphic rocks form under heat and pressure. Okay, so really we just made rainbow crayons, but the kids *said* they understood how the rocks can change because of the heat!
One book that talks specifically about metamorphic rocks is Baking and Crushing. It is recommended for grades 1-3. That goes right along with our baked metamorphic rock activities here with crayons and here with cake and core sampling that we did a while back!
You may be interested in these previous posts related to our rock unit. The first several posts have some free downloads:
- Rocks and Mineral Packet (26 pages of various activities)
- Free Montessori 3-Part Cards — Famous Rocks Around the World
- 3 Types of Rocks Worksheets – Free
I shared some of our hands-on activities in these related posts:
- Igneous Rock Activities
- Sedimentary Rock Activities
- Sedimentary Rock Activity (much older post, using sand)
- Metamorphic Rock Activities
- Metamorphic Rock Activity (another older post, where we took “core samples,” excavated and examined this baked rock — a cupcake!)
- Minerals: Our Hands-On Activities and Seeing the BIGGEST Diamond in the World
- Earth-Space Science: Topographic Maps
New Rocks and Minerals Unit!
The material above was made many years ago when my kids were quite little. I have made a huge new 100+ page Rocks and Minerals Unit if you are interested! See details here or at the Earth Science BUNDLES page.
New! (Jan. 2021) I have a bran new Rocks and Minerals Packet available. This new geology unit is more that 100-pages. See details here.
See you again soon here or over at our Homeschool Den Facebook Page! Don’t forget to Subscribe to our Homeschool Den Newsletter. You might also want to check out some of our resources pages above (such as our Science, Language Arts, or History Units Resource Pages) which have links to dozens of posts. You might want to join our free Homeschool Den Chat Facebook group. Don’t forget to check out Our Store as well. Here is a quick glance at some of our other science and history units:Again, if you are interested in joining our Homeschool Den Newsletter, feel free to subscribe here.
The Welcome Series includes 5 packed emails… with tips on homeschooling, keeping motivated, finding various resources and freebies tucked away on the blog and more!
Plus, you’ll be the first to hear about new packets (generally offered at a discount when they are first released), seasonal resources and more!