The Rock Cycle

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Key takeaways
An understanding of the rock cycle and how the 3 different types of rock are formed.
The effect of crystal size on igneous rocks and the processes that lead to the texture of metamorphic rocks.
How to answer questions on the rock cycle.
Laura LewisHost: Laura studied at Royal Holloway University of London and the Open University. She is passionate about science communication and has presented talks about Exoplanets at Oxford University and Imperial College London.

There are three types of rocks. In this class, students will look at the rock cycle and the formation of the three types of rocks. Students will investigate how igneous rocks form from lava and how the crystal size is related to the time of cooling. Sedimentary rocks form from sediments such as mud and sand and metamorphic rocks form from heat and pressure. Students will see how these processes go into forming sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. This class is aimed at students in Years 7 - 9 who want to feel confident on rocks!#

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Suitable for:

This class is suitable for students in Years 7 - 9.

Class requirements:
You will need a laptop or device with internet connection to watch the class, as well as a pen and notepad for taking notes.
What to expect:
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