If rocks could talk


A series of 'interviews' with different rocks. From these 'interviews' students learn about different types of rocks, how and where in the rock cycle they are formed as well as their defining features. Clicking on key words reveals further information, images and quiz questions.This resource has been developed by the American Museum of Natural History.


This resource has been provided by, or developed in partnership with, American Museum of Natural History.
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Interviews with different rocks giving students information about different types of rocks, how and where they are formed and their defining features.


This resource gives students an introduction to the differences between igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks through interactive 'interviews'. Topics in this resource include the rock cycle, the different types of rocks and the defining characteristics of rock types. Extra information, images and quiz questions are also included to help students develop their understanding.

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If you teach primary science, click the headings below to find out how to use this resource:

Skill development

Children will develop their working scientifically skills by:

  • Asking their own questions about scientific phenomena.
  • Selecting and planning the most appropriate ways to answer science questions, including:
    • Researching using a wide range of secondary sources of information.
    • Grouping and classifying objects.
  • Using appropriate scientific language and ideas to explain, evaluate and communicate their methods and findings.

Learning outcomes

Children will:

  • Compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties.
  • Describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock.

Concepts supported

Children will learn:

  • How metamorphic, igneous and sedimentary rocks form.
  • How fossils are formed, and which type of rock they are most likely to be found in and why.

Suggested activity use

You could use this resource as either a starter or plenary to introduce and/or consolidate learning about rocks and their properties. Alternatively, you could use it as an independent activity for groups of children to use in lesson, or with parents as homework.

Practical considerations

The resource is an online activity, so an internet connection and access to computers will be required.