If a gravestone is to last forever …… Which rock is the best?

Resources to download :

Rocks Lesson Plan
If a gravestone is to last forever – Recording Sheet
Weathering Trail PDF

The Big Scientific idea

KS2 – Sc3 materials and their properties – Grouping and classifying materials
1d – to describe and group rocks and soils on the basis of their characteristics, including appearance, texture and permeability.

The lessons and visit

The Rocks Lesson Plan lays out individual activities to do with the students before a visit to the cemetery. During their visit they will observe and study the weathering patterns on the suggested gravestones following the weathering trail. There is a printable version of the trail for the students to ues during the fieldwork. Post visit they should be able to come to their own conclusions about the above question.