Mrs. Case's WebQuests

Exploring the Internet One Site at a Time

The Rock Cycle WebQuest

Welcome to the Rock Cycle WebQuest. In this quest, you will gather information about the rock cycle, plate tectonics, the 3 types of rocks, erosion, fossils, and rock formation. You will be given a packet in which to complete all of the information you gather during your quest. Remember to visit only the web sites linked to this quest.

First, click on the book icon below to download the packet you will work on while on this quest.  Click on the icon, the click "File", then "Save As" and save the packet to your server folder before continuing.  The packet will open in a new window.  Keep the packet window open to work on it while you continue on your quest.

Download your packet here

 

  

Now you may begin your quest.  Click on each link and read the information on the web site.  When you are done with each site be sure to return to this page to continue your quest.

 

  1. First you’ll need to know a bit about the Earth’s layers. Go to the website below and read about the layers of the Earth:

The Earth's Crust

Now look at this animation of the earth’s layers: (click on the green button to start the animation. You may need to click more than once. Then click on the blue button next to the name of each layer to see where that layer is).

Structure of the Earth

(If it asks you to sign in, use the user name "cohoesms" and the password "brainpop"). Click to start the video.

When you have viewed both of these web pages, complete the diagram on page 1 of your packet. Then come back to this page to move on to the second stage of your quest. 

 

2.      The next stage of the quest will ask you to read information about the rock cycle, and complete a diagram of the cycle. The first stop on your quest will be to:

The Interactive Rock Cycle Animation 

When you have viewed all of the steps in the rock cycle, proceed to:

Rock Cycle Diagram

Move your cursor over the arrows to see a list of the rock-forming processes involved in forming the three types of rocks.

Now, go to these sites to read more about the rock cycle:

The Rock Cycle

(If it asks you to sign in, use the user name "cohoesms" and the password "brainpop"). Click to start the video.

The Rock Cycle

When you have read all the information on this page, complete page 2 of your packet. Then come back to this page to move on to the next stage of your quest.

3.      Read about Igneous rocks here:

How Igneous Rocks Form 

Types of Igneous Rocks

More About Igneous Rocks

 

4        Read about Sedimentary rocks here:

 How Sedimentary Rocks Form

 How Sediments Are Deposited

Sedimentary Rocks

 

5        Read about Metamorphic rocks here:

 How Metamorphic Rocks Form

Metamorphic Rocks

How Metamorphic Rocks Are Formed

Now complete the table on page 3 of your packet. Then come back to this page to move on to the next stage of your quest.
 

6        What is erosion? How does it fit into the rock cycle? Read about erosion here: 

Erosion

And here:

Erosion

Check out the pictures of erosion and weathering here:

The Effect of Mechanical Weathering

And how water erosion makes waterfalls and chasms:

River Erosion

Now complete the quiz on page 4 of your packet. Then come back to this page to move on to the next stage of your quest. 

 

7        What is Plate Tectonics? The next stage of your journey through the rock cycle takes you back in time to the beginning of the Earth. Some scientists believe the Earth once had one land mass that broke into the seven continents we now have. Read more about the theory of Plate Tectonics here: (Be sure to click on the links for Convergent Boundaries, Divergent Boundaries, and Transform Boundaries ) 

Plate Tectonics

And here:

How Plates Move

Watch an animation of the breakup of Pangea:
Pangea Breaks Up

Watch another animation of plate tectonics here:

Plate Tectonics

Now complete the diagram on page 5 of your packet. Then come back to this page to move on to the last stage of your quest.

 

8        Now let’s move on to the final stage of our quest. We will be learning all about fossils. Check out the information on these websites:

How Fossils Form (Animation)

Fossils For Kids

How Fossils Are Formed

Why Study Fossils? 

Fossil Fabricator

 

When you have viewed all of these web pages, complete the questions on page 6 of your packet. YOU ARE NOW DONE WITH YOUR WEBQUEST!! BE SURE TO PRINT OUT YOUR PACKET AND TURN IT IN TO YOUR TEACHER.