If you are teaching about the Rock Cycle then these free printable Rock Cycle Posters are just what you need. Explaining the cycle that rocks go through as they change these are the ideal accompaniment to an Earth Science Unit with kids.
With 2 display posters, showing first the complete cycle with stages in between like the formation of sediment and magma. The second poster displays the cycle but gives more information about the rock types.
The Rock Cycle
The rock cycle is one of the foundation of earth science. Kids need to know the different types of rocks and how they are formed.
These posters are great for reminding them of the changes as well as how to tell the rocks apart.
There are 3 different rock types – Sedimentary, Metamorphic and Igneous. Each of these are formed from processes on earth and continuously cycle over long periods of time.
Igneous rock is formed from the cooling of the magma from a volcano. Over time this rock is broken down into small sediments by erosion and weathering. The smaller and smaller rocks then progress to the next stage of the cycle.
Sedimentary rock is made up of bits of pieces of broken down rocks, dead animals and plants that have been deposited in low laying mud and sandy areas. As more is deposited then the layers are compressed and a new sedimentary rock is formed.
You can also make an easy model of Sedimentary Rock that is really tasty and shows how it is made.
Metamorphic rock is formed by immense heat or pressure. Both sedimentary and metamorphic rock can undergo this process to transform it. If the heat is too immense then instead of forming metamorphic rock they return to the magma and form igneous again when they cool. The pressure unlike that of sedimentary is not caused by layers piled up and weight but instead the pressure of tectonic plates moving around on the Earth’s surface.
FREE Printable Rock Cycle Posters
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