The Rock Cycle

Discover what a rock is, the three main categories and how they are formed and changed. Learn the techniques employed by geologists to help classify rocks. A hands-on workshop where students can investigate a variety of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks and have a go at identifying which category they might be in. Once they have mastered the main rock types students can have a go at trying to identify the ‘tricky bits’ display!

Australian ACARA content descriptors

  • Earths 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)
  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)
  • 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)
  • The theory of plate tectonics explains global patterns of geological activity and continental movement (ACSSU180)

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.