Earth’s Rocks and the Rock Cycle
Earth’s Rocks and the Rock Cycle
Learn about the three rock types found on Earth. Observe how the rock cycle illustrates the geologic processes that change one type of rock into another. Explore these processes with the Rock Builder activity.
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You will Learn:

  • the three types of rock found on Earth
  • the environments in which rocks are found
  • the rock cycle
  • geologic processes that change one type of rock into another
  • how new rocks are created from existing ones
  • how the hydrologic cycle interacts with the rock cycle

Features Include:

  • photos and animations by Dennis Tasa, with additional photos by Michael Collier and Ed Tarbuck
  • high resolution photos of rocks and their environments that can be enlarged
  • an intuitive navigation style: swipe, drop-down menu, thumbnail gallery
  • drop-down menu with audio controls, access to a glossary, and table of contents
  • narration that can be turned off/on
  • interactive quizzes that are scored and optional essay questions that are not
  • quiz results that can be copied, printed, or shared

Grade levels:

  • 7–13

Also available in the iOS app bundle:

System Requirements
iPad, iOS 7.1 or later
Mac OS X 10.9 or later

NSTA Recommends

“The pictures throughout the app are amazing and do a fantastic job demonstrating the description given…”

“It’s not just for kids though, this is an app with some quality content for anyone with an interest in Geology.”
Correlates to Next Generation Science Standards for Earth Science:
  • ESS2.A: Earth Materials and Systems
  • ESS2.B: Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions
  • ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes
Supports Common Core Literacy in Science Standards:
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.1,2,4,5,7,8,9
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.1,2,4,5,7,8,9
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.1,2,4,5,7,8,9
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