Geology Lab & The Rock Cycle

(Science – Grades 4 to 6)

Image of a rock of a variety of colours, sizes and shapes sits on a 3-level wooden shelf.

photo sourced from Pixabay, by  Bernd Hildebrandt.

Based around our geology collection, this hands-on activity gets students familiar with a variety of metamorphic, igneous and sedimentary rocks local to the region.

They will use their own knowledge and what they learn at the museum to create their own version of the rock cycle using the rocks from the museum’s education collection..


Duration 50 minutes

Location Royal Alexandra Hall. Wheelchair accessible.

Core Competencies

✦ Make observations in familiar & unfamiliar contexts

✦ Identify patterns and connections in data

✦ Compare data with predictions and develop explanations of results

✦ Demonstrate and openness to new ideas

✦ Communicate ideas, explanations and processes in a variety of ways

Big Ideas and Content

✦ G5: Earth materials change as they move through the rock cycle and can be used as natural resources.

First Peoples Principles of Learning

✦ Learning involves patience and time

✦ Learning is holistic, reflexive, reflective, experiential, and relational (focused on connectedness, on reciprocal relationships, and a sense of place).

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