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Geology Rocks!

E&I Program: 
Distance Learning
Discipline(s): 
Grade level : 
4 to 7

For thousands of years, artists have used beautifully colored stones for jewelry, sculptures, and paint pigments. All of these rocks and minerals were formed during the group of transitions know as the Rock Cycle. In this program, students will learn about the characteristics of rocks prized by artists—their hardness or softness, the way they reflect light, their ability to draw or make a streak—and how geologists use those properties to identify and understand how they developed in the earth. By looking at works from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s collection, students will become familiar with the stages of the Rock Cycle, and discover categories of rocks and minerals in our environment.