Describing Minerals

Describing Minerals
Describing Minerals
Describing Minerals
Describing Minerals
Describing Minerals
Describing Minerals
Describing Minerals
Describing Minerals
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Give students hands-on practice in describing the properties of minerals!

This product contains 3 variations of 1 worksheet. The worksheet you choose to use depends on how many minerals you would like your students to describe: 1, 2, or 3.

The one mineral worksheet can be quickly completed in about 5 minutes. Students enjoy picking out minerals and are eager to get their hands on more, so the 2 or 3 mineral worksheets can be used as a 10-15 minute activity.

This activity should be done after students have learned background information about minerals and their properties. Be sure to model how to do a hardness test and a streak test so your students and minerals aren't damaged! Students will need to be provided with minerals, a Mohs scale of hardness and tools to complete a hardness test, and a streak plate.

Giving students the option to choose minerals out of a wide selection gives them the option to choose minerals that appeal to them. Students are asked to draw a picture of their mineral and describe its color, streak, luster, hardness, and whether it displays fracture and cleavage.


I have included a sample of a completed one-mineral worksheet in this file.


If you like this worksheet you may also like my FREE Mineral Identification Worksheet which continues to develop student knowledge of the concepts in this worksheet.

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4 pages
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Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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