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This project is done at the end of the Minerals of the Earth’s Crust chapter. In this chapter students described the structure of minerals, described mineral groups, identified ways to determine the identity of minerals, explained special properties of minerals, described the environments in which minerals form, compared the different types of mining, and discussed uses of common minerals.
In this project students will apply what they learned to a mineral of their choice. Students will choose a mineral from the List of Common Minerals sheet and then complete the Researching Your Mineral section in their packet. When they are done conducting research, each student will create a 3D representation of their mineral using an empty cereal box. Each face of the cereal box will highlight information about their mineral and must meet certain requirements.
1. Mineral slogan and mascot
2. Mineral group
3. Outer color(s)
4. Streak color
5. Cleavage or Fracture
8. Specific Gravity
9. Chemical Formula
10. Crystal Shape
11. Uses of the mineral
12. Mineral Environments
13. Mineral Occurrence
14. Map of where mineral is collected
15. Fun facts including where the name of the mineral came from
Attached files include:
Amazing Minerals of the Earth's Crust- 4 page pdf student packet including a section for recording research and a detailed description of the information to include on each side of the box
Amazing Minerals of the Earth's Crust Teacher Notes- 2 pages pdf including teacher preparation and tips
Amazing Minerals of the Earth's Crust Rubric- 1 page pdf
List of Common Minerals- 1 page pdf
Amazing Minerals World Map- 1 page pdf including 3 templates per page