You might be wondering, how can a rock go through a cycle? Rocks cannot move on their own!
It may not be possible to see it with our eyes, but over the course of millions of years, rocks can actually transition through a number of different phases! From freshly made igneous rock that has formed from hardened magma, to sedimentary rock that has slowly grown from the layered remains of other rocks, to some metamorphic rocks being melted back by magma, all rocks can be mapped to some point in this cycle.
Use the lesson plan below to help your students gain an understanding of how rocks cycle through this age-old process!