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Pasta Rocks! A Sedimentary Rock Formation Lab.

science class coquina pasta sedimentary rock formation lab activity teacher student experiment

I must admit, being a science teacher is one of the coolest jobs in the world. It’s not always easy, but teaching students to question and explore their world is the most fulfilling work I could ever imagine doing. I love getting messy with the kids on lab days and watching how excited they get over the simplest hands on activities.

Last week in 6th grade, we were covering the rock cycle, so I decided to deviate from my go to  “Starburst” Lab. I still used it as a demo to start the week, but I wanted to try something new.

I settled for a classic “Coquina” Sedimentary Rock Formation Lab.

science class coquina pasta sedimentary rock formation lab activity teacher student experiment

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Anytime I try a new lab I am always a little nervous. It’s so easy to get stuck in a routine because you already know the students respond well to a certain activity. However, I felt that using this lab would provide a better understanding of how sedimentary rocks form and clear up some commonly confused vocabulary words like deposition, compaction, and cementation.

I am happy to report it was a hit! We even broke out the glitter glue in one class.

The students loved getting to create their own sedimentary rocks to take home, and they seem to have a much better understanding of the process.

This lab is versatile and can easily be modified for use with younger students. My friends over at Abrazo and Coze have graciously asked me to write a DIY Pasta Rocks Activity for younger students. Head on over to read the full details!

science class coquina pasta sedimentary rock formation lab activity teacher student experiment

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