Students must demonstrate mastery of the connection between elements, rocks, and minerals as well as the characteristics of each when completing this "geological family tree."
-Graphic organizer (model for students)
-Basic student checklist
-Suggested rubric for grading
All of the requirements could be changed based on your state standards, but the provided version requires students to demonstrate knowledge of:
1) the physical properties of minerals
2) the different types of rocks
3) the various processes which transform rocks
4) how elements combine to form minerals and minerals combine to form rocks
This project could be differentiated for gifted students by requiring students to create a "spouse" for each mineral and rock or requiring more information about each element, mineral, or rock. Similarly, it could be simplified for ELL students or students with special needs (only focus on one strand of the family tree, for example).
This project will take students some time, because it's a project, but I used it this year in place of a test and the students loved it!!!
Created by MsParadise, September 2013