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5th Grade | Geology: Our Rockin' Earth

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Grade Level:
Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
State Standards:
Virginia Science Standards - 5.1, 5.8


The Earth is constantly changing and evolving. These changes occur through natural processes such as plate tectonics, weathering, erosion, and deposition while other changes are caused by human actions. By studying Earth's dynamic geological makeup and rock cycle, students will understand the forces and processes that create Eath's various landforms and develop and appreciation for the importance of geolofy in people's lives. As humans and environmental impacts are evaluated, students will consider and practice stewardship behaviors that support a healthy environment. This field trip is recommended for fifth grade.


Following the park experience and classroom activities, the students will be able to

  1. name the three major rock categories and explain the rock cycle; 
  2. describe the theory of the geologic process that created the Appalachian Mountains; 
  3. identify examples of weathering, erosion, and deposition and describe the impacts on landforms; 
  4. determine the relationships between Earth's geology and living organisms, including people; 
  5. describe how Shenandoah National Park protects geologic resources and list three ways people can help protect and conserve resources. 


State science standards: 5.1, 5.8


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Last updated: May 4, 2020