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This resource consists of an engaging, hands-on activity that simulates the various processes involved in the rock cycle, including weathering and erosion. Suited to students in years 7 – 9, it fits neatly into an average science lesson, saves teachers prep time and can be carried out easily using basic equipment in a school laboratory.

The Rock Cycle: modelling activity consists of two printable, black-and-white Student Worksheets with a series of questions that students are required to answer as they perform the task (these include a fun Word Find they can complete if they finish up early).

The Rock Cycle: modelling activity covers the following:

  • the rock cycle

  • how the process of weathering breaks down rock into sediment

  • erosion: transporting sediment from one area to another

  • melting of rock to form lava or magma

  • cooling and hardening of lava or magma to form igneous rock


  • following written instructions

  • using simple laboratory equipment, such as a mortar & pestle

  • constructing a boat-like structure from aluminium foil

  • safely using a Bunsen burner

Along with printable worksheets, The Rock Cycle: modelling activity includes a digital (PowerPoint) version at no extra cost, giving teachers a choice as to which they prefer to use – taking into account the different learning styles of their students. There is also a detailed Answer Key (no need to research or fact-check here; it’s all been done for you).

I hope you and your students find this product useful and that you enjoy using it as much as I enjoyed creating it!

Praise for Ariana’s Active Science & Biology worksheets:

“I used about 95% of the worksheets with my kids this year and it was a gem during remote learning. Honestly the best resource I’ve ever purchased” – Emma Palmer (via Facebook)

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This resource is for classroom only and not to be shared publicly. Copying for more than one teacher, department, school or district is prohibited, as is creating publicly accessible links. Failure to comply is an infringement of copyright.