The Rock Cycle – A Science (Geology) Lesson for Years 7/8/9


Summary of Lesson Plan:

This lesson provides students with the opportunity to develop Geology skills through worksheets and websites. This lesson was designed for a Year 8 Science class.

Australian Curriculum Links:

Year 8 Science (Science Understanding – Geology):

  • Sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks contain minerals and are formed by processes that occur within Earth over a variety of timescales (ACSSU153)


Lesson Plan Sequence:

Introduction/Warm up:

  • Students research the definitions of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks and copy them into their books.


AC Elaboration: Students will be representing the stages in the formation of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks through the worksheet The Rock Cycle.

  • Students identify a range of common rock types using the link provided based on observable physical properties (
  • By joining Game Alley page, students can play and learn from the game: “The Pressure Is On” and explore other similar games about rock formation. To find the game students will go to “Game Alley” at the top of the page and then search the game in the search bar on the left hand side of the screen. After playing the game students will complete the worksheet on the questions in the game (Game Star Mechanic Worksheet).


Assessment Ideas:

  • Being able to complete the rock cycle from memory: Worksheet instructions: “Without using the information above cut out the arrows and the rocks to and glue them into your books to make the rock cycle.”



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