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Geology Rocks!

from Cleveland Museum of Art

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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.

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By Request: $145.00
By Request Premium: $130.00

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40-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7

Minimum participants:


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Primary Disciplines

Language Arts/English, Sciences

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Programs are non-refundable, however cancellations due to technical difficulties, school closings, or those received 48 hours in advance may be rescheduled for no additional charge. Rescheduling is subject to availability.

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Cleveland Museum of Art

Cleveland, OH
United States

Distance Learning at The Cleveland Museum of Art allows classes to connect with the CMA and enrich their studies of history, language arts, science, math and the visual arts through our collection of art and artifacts from around the world. Through live, interactive videoconferencing, students participate in conversations with museum educators that are two-way and fully interactive. Programs are designed for grades K-12 and are aligned with ODE academic standards.

Diane Cizek

Program Details


1. Introduction to geology and the rock cycle.
2. Students will see a painting of Mt. Vesuvius and discuss the difference between lava and magma.
These terms will be recorded on the rock cycle diagram.
3. Students will discuss the difference between rocks and minerals, using examples of artworks from the museum.
4. The students will continue to fill out their rock cycle diagrams, using examples from the museum, and adding terms such as: igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rock.
5. Lesson will conclude with a review of the rock cycle, and any remaining questions.


Students will learn or understand…

• The Rock Cycle

• Artists have been picking up rocks for thousands of years, using beautifully colored stones for jewelry, carving rock sculptures small and large, drawing with chalk or painting with pigments made from ground-up colored stones, and all of these rocks and minerals were formed in some stage of the Rock Cycle.

• Many of the properties of rocks prized by artists--their hardness or softness, the way they reflect light, their ability to draw or make a streak--are used by geologists to identify rocks and understand the geological processes that formed them in the earth.

• Looking at works of art from geological materials can also reveal a good deal about rocks and minerals--and even processes within earth itself.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

All programs are aligned with the National Education Standards, Ohio Department of Education Academic Standards, and New York State Learning Standards.