This is a HUGE unit to help you teach rocks and minerals. NOTE: This unit is not just a bunch of worksheets. These are 3 weeks worth of actual lessons that explain what to do and say every step of the way. This resource will save you hours of work because EVERYTHING is all planned out in my easy-to-follow lesson plans. Please look at the preview to get an idea of what's included.
This resource will give you 3 weeks worth of material. Whether you're a rookie that doesn't know the difference between a rock and a mineral, or a veteran that's been teaching Earth Science for many years, this product can benefit you and your students. It can either provide an entire unit for you, or it can be used to enhance your own unit.
Included are 8 lesson plans that are INTERACTIVE, ENGAGING, HANDS-ON, and very detailed. JUST PRINT & TEACH. My lesson plans are written so thoroughly, that even a sub could pick them up and know what to do! Each lesson also includes a teacher note that gives the background knowledge and content a teacher would need to know in order to teach that lesson. My notes explain the difference between rocks and minerals, what the properties of minerals are, the difference between weathering and erosion, how each type of rock is formed, and so much more. These notes will save you so much time because you won’t need to try and research the content yourself, I'VE ALREADY DONE THE RESEARCH FOR YOU!
This unit is ideally taught with real rocks and minerals for the students to touch, feel, and study. But what if you can’t get specimens for your class? The great thing about this unit is that it includes REAL PHOTOGRAPHS of the rocks and minerals that you will need in each lesson. Just print them off in color and you’re ready to go!
Along with 8 detailed lesson plans and real photographs, this unit includes:
• A shopping list that includes everything you will need to buy/gather for this unit
• Vocabulary posters and Rock Cycle posters
• 5 different cover page choices for student booklets
• Graphic organizers needed for each lesson
• Answer keys for all graphic organizers
• Rock Cycle Story activity
• A Relay-Race review game
• A Rocky Land review board game
• 32 Task Cards
• A Study Guide
• End of unit assessment
• End of unit assessment answer key
8 DETAILED LESSONS
Lesson 1 Hershey’s vs. Snickers (An introductory lesson that teaches the difference between rocks and minerals.)
Lesson 2 All about Minerals
Lesson 3 Station Rotation (Students will identify an unknown mineral by rotating from station to station and studying its properties.)
Lesson 4 Rock or Mineral?
Lesson 5 My Rock
Lesson 6 Sorting Rocks (Students get to bring their own rocks from home and sort them in groups. They then learn about the three main categories rocks are sorted into: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic.)
Lesson 7 Classifying Rocks
Lesson 8 The Starburst Experiment (Students will use Starbursts to replicate the rock cycle.)
REAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF ROCKS AND MINERALS
Mineral photographs include: mica, quartz, feldspar, sulfur, calcite, gypsum, and pink halite.
Igneous photographs include: pumice, scoria, basalt, granite, gabbro, and obsidian
Sedimentary photographs include: sandstone, limestone, conglomerate, coal, and shale
Metamorphic photographs include: gneiss, schist, slate, soapstone, marble, and quartzite.
rock, mineral, sediments, geologist, igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic, intrusive igneous, extrusive igneous, lava, magma, weathering, erosion, compaction and cementation, rock cycle, and gemstone.
This unit will save you hours of work because EVERYTHING is all planned out in my easy-to-follow lesson plans. All the materials you will need are included for you.