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    Bryce Canyon

    National Park Utah

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Rocks & Minerals

This unit introduces students to
rocks and minerals, their uses, properties
and the rock cycle.



  • Understand the difference between rocks and minerals.
  • Know the three different rock types.
  • Recognize some uses of different rocks and minerals.
  • Have a basic understanding of the rock cycle.


1. Earth Rocks!: Introduction to the three types of rock.

2. Everywhere, Rocks and Minerals: Explore rocks and minerals you have around you everyday.

3. In or Out? Igneous Rocks: One of three main rock types, igneous rocks form from molten rock. This game allows students to be molecules of rock minerals that solidify to form various igneous rocks.

4. Limestone, Sandstone and Shale, Oh My!: Allows students to perform experiments to differentiate between sedimentary rock types.

5. Extension: Depositional Environments: Uses what was learned in the main sedimentary rock activity and allows students to discover the rock's history.

6. All Stressed Out!: Teaches about the stresses that make metamorphic rocks.

7. The Sweet Taste of a Sugar Rock Cycle: Teaches students the various interactions between the three main rock categories.

8. Testing the Physical Properties of Minerals: Teaches students different tests that can be used to identify an unknown rock or mineral.

9. Building a Rock and Mineral House: Allows students to use the information they learned about the properties of rocks and minerals to determine their possible uses in the past by Native Americans and in modern life by all of us today.

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Did You Know?

Milky Way with hoodoos

Bryce Canyon National Park has a 7.4 limiting magnitude night sky! In most rural areas of the United States, 2500 stars can be seen on a clear night. At Bryce Canyon, 7500 stars can be seen twinkling in the void! More...