Student Internet investigation that explores the subject of minerals. The activity is divided into three parts. Part one gives students a good introduction to minerals, what they are made of and how they form. Part two describes the physical properties of minerals; identifies minerals based on those physical properties, and discusses other special properties that make minerals unique. Part three compares gems and semi-precious stones; explains the difference between a gem and a mineral, and identifies ores and their uses.
The latest links containing images and data are presented as well for these topics. I use this computer lab activity for my Earth/Space class as part of the Unit I "Minerals" review but it can also be used as a high school level webquest. (Some students will finish the activity within one class period but generally it will take about an hour to complete.)
This activity as well as PowerPoint lessons, worksheets, review programs and assessments can be found under Earth/Space Complete Unit I "Minerals" zip file folder.
Terms and concepts in this activity include:
minerals, evaporates, magma, crystals, quartz, silicon, oxygen, silicates, magma, crystalline, mineral formation, diamond, rose quartz, amethyst, peridot, precipitate, magma chambers, trace elements, malachite, cinnabar, luster, texture, streak, streak plate, Mohs scale, scratch test, cleavage, fracture, crystal systems, crystal shape, specific gravity, calcite, acid test, halite, gems, precious minerals, semi-precious minerals, diamond formation, corundum, rubies, sapphires, gold, mining, ore, bauxite, vein minerals, titanium, alloys
Earth/Space Internet Activity "All About Minerals"
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