Students research 1 of the 21 minerals given in the New York State Earth Science Reference Tables.
On one side of the assignment has a do now activity reviewing the definitions of mineral properties and the directions for how to complete their mineral profile. I have students use both their Earth Science Reference Table and Web Resources to complete their assignment. (Laptops/computer are needed!)
On the other side of the assignment is the blank template students must fill in with their research findings.
I have also included an Example Profile that I created to show my own students what I expected.
This file is 42 pages (21 minerals). So that you can easily print the file and distribute the minerals randomly (or purposefully) to your students.
This lab may reference the NYS Earth Science Reference Tables found free online here: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/reftable/earthscience-rt/esrt2011-engr.pdf