ROCK IDENTIFICATION

Your students will learn the techniques a geologist employs to identify rocks and classify them into their different groups and the science behind how they are formed. This is a hands-on workshop where students will have a variety of rocks to practice their identification skills and a selection of soils to investigate facilitating students to determine what the parent rock was. Students will use Moh’s hardness sets to ascertain a rocks hardness and microscopes to see what the eye can’t.  This is a great workshop to follow on from the Rock Cycle.

Australian ACARA content descriptors

  • Earth’s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity (ACSSU075)
  • Sudden geological changes and extreme weather events can affect the Earth’s surface (ACSSU096)
  • Observable changes occur in the sky and landscape (ACSSU019)
  • Chemical change involves substances reacting to form new substances (ACSSU225)
  • Sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks contain minerals and are formed by processes that occur within the Earth over a variety of time scales (ACSSU153)

Western Australian SCSA content descriptors

  • Earth’s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity (ACSSU075)
  • Sudden geological changes and extreme weather events can affect the Earth’s surface (ACSSU096)
  • A push or a pull affects how an object moves or changes shape (ACSSU033)
  • Observable changes occur in the sky and landscape (ACSSU019)
  • Chemical change involves substances reacting to form new substances (ACSSU225)
  • Sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks contain minerals and are formed by processes that occur within the Earth over a variety of time scales (ACSSU153)
  • A change of state between solid and liquid can be caused by adding or removing heat (ACSSU046)
  • Earth’s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity (ACSSU075)
  • Classification helps organise the diverse group of organisms (ACSSU111) ** This outcome is from the biological sciences however it also applies to rocks as they are classified into a variety of groups based on certain features.

Please note the above outcomes are based on Science Understanding. There are many outcomes under both Science as a human endeavour and Science inquiry skills which are covered within these workshops and are not listed above. Should you require a full list of outcomes covered in your chosen workshop please feel free to contact us and we can provide this for you.