Fun with Metamorphic Rocks
activity exercisesuggested grade levels: 5-12

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Use the simple activity below to increase your understanding of metamorphic rocks.

Make a snowball (or use crushed ice). Pick up a handful of snow (or crushed ice) and compress it to form a lump sturdy enough to be used as a missile. In the center of the snowball, the light fluffy crystals will have recrystallized in a more compact form, because of the pressure of your hands. This is quite close to the metamorphic process.

Related Lesson Topics:
Geology: Geology Topics

Lesson Plan provided by Vita Taube, 2000
Idaho Achievement Standards (as of 7/2001) met by completing this activity: