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  K 1 2 3 4 5 6
Chemistry
(1 week)
States of Matter Characteristics of Solids Elements Mineral Composition Compounds New Compounds from Old Movement of Molecules
Minerals
(2 weeks)
Describing Minerals
*(1 week)*
Minerals are Pure
*(1 week)*
Mineral Growth Molecules, Minerals, & Cleavage Key Characteristics & Shapes Properties & Uses of Minerals Predicting Mineral Properties
Rocks
(2 weeks)
Grouping
Rocks
Characteristics of Rocks Classifying Rocks
*(1 week)*
Identifying Rocks & Sand Three Types of Rocks Environments that create Rocks Analyzing the Rock Cycle
Past Life
(1 week)
Discovering Dinosaurs
*(2 weeks)*
Dinosaur Fossils
*(2 weeks)*
Making & Observing Fossils
*(2 weeks)*
Preservation of Fossils Deriving Information from Fossils Meaning of Fossils Importance of Fossils

Overview and Acknowledgments

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Rock Cycle at a Glance

The building blocks of minerals are elements and compounds. Minerals make up the three different types of rocks: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. The Rock Cycle highlights methods by which the Earth recycles rock material through the mechanisms of Plate Tectonics. The primary rock type, igneous, is formed in two ways. Extrusive rocks (volcanic) implies that liquid (molten rock) usually reached the surface of the Earth through volcanic eruptions. Intrusive rocks (plutonic) refers to molted rock that does not reach the surface of the Earth, which cools deep within the earth. Agents of erosion such as wind, rain, ice, and gravity will break down rock that will be cemented later. These rocks are called sedimentary. Increase of pressure and temperature mainly within the lithosphere, cause metamorphic rocks to form. "Past Life" refers to the fossils that are preserved for us to interpret past environments. 

In the Classroom

Chemistry comes alive as students are taught the elements by using the perodic table and how elements combine to form minerals. They compare and contrast different types of rocks and minerals. Students recreate how fossils are made and learn why the present is the key to the past.