Rocks with Lynne

Lynne uses different types of rocks to make a fantastic creative lesson plan.

Science Standard
ESS1.C Standard 4.1.4: Engage in argument from evidence based on patterns in rock layers and fossils found in those layers to support an explanation that environments have changed over time.
Great match to middle school… ESS2.A Standard 7.2.1: Develop a model of the rock cycle to describe the relationship between energy flow and matter cycling that create igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks.

Warm Up:

8 counts to walk, 8 counts to reach in many different levels, 8 counts of jumping jacks, 8 counts to go to the floor, roll 1 time and stand up by the count of “8”. Ask the students for different actions that could take the place of the 4 above and try again.


Discuss with the students the 3 types of rocks (igneous, metamorphic, sedimentary). What are the characteristics of each? Can these characteristics be transferred into shape? Divide the students into small groups and have them create a shape for each type of rock, in all 3 unique shapes. Show one another. Then begin to discuss how each rock feels, looks, etc. Is one rough, smooth, bumpy, etc. Have the students move around the room in these ways, For example, who can show a bumpy walk, or a smooth run, etc.


Return to the groups where the rock shapes were created. Now ask them to create a way to move that reflects how each rock could be described by touch or sight. Then add these movements to their orig-inal shapes. So, make the Igneous rock shape, then show us the Igneous Rock Movement.

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Lynne Larson received a BFA in Dance from Western Michigan University and a MFA in Dance from University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She danced professionally with Martita Goshen’s Earthworks, Repertory Dance Theatre, SBDance and Koester & Dancers. In 2007, she was named Education Director for Repertory Dance Theatre, and in 2014, Artistic Associate as well. She coordinates all arts-in-education activities for RDT, directs RDT’s annual Summerdance and Winterdance Workshops, High School and Young Dancer Summer Workshops, rehearsal directs numerous pieces in the RDT repertory and assists in artistic long range planning for the company. Lynne is an accomplished teacher of students K-professional in creative movement and modern dance. She has been a presenter for the last four years at Utah State Board of Education’s Secondary and Elementary Annual Physical Education Conferences. Lynne is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Utah in the School of Dance for the Teaching Methods/Pedagogy Elementary Education Classes. In 2019, she was named Dance Educator of the Year by UDEO for the Professional/Private Sector.

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