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In this activity, students examine an igneous rock and synthesise these observations into a poster that includes characteristic features of igneous rocks.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • carefully observe rocks and carry out tests on them
  • identify the characteristics of igneous rocks
  • synthesise their investigations into a wanted poster.

Download the Word file (see link below) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • discussion questions
  • extension activities.

Nature of science

Fieldwork is an important part of gathering evidence. Developing a poster provides an opportunity for students to be able to record their observations systematically.

    Published 9 April 2010 Referencing Hub articles