This zip file contains many different activities (35 pages of student handouts such as worksheets, a test, a lab and cloze notes handouts. as well as a PowerPoint with a total of 28 slides plus a jeopardy game) which can be used to introduce students to basic concepts about Minerals, Rocks and the Rock Cycle. While these lessons were originally designed to correlate to the performance indicators of the New York State Intermediate Science curriculum, the components of this lesson may be easily used in other physical science or basic introductory earth science courses as well. The components this unit addresses in the NGSS Standards and Common Core Standards are indicated at the end of this description.
Some of the topics addressed in this learning packet include the rocks versus minerals, mineral properties, rock types and environments of formation, intrusive and extrusive igneous rocks and aspects of the rock cycle.
Many documents are included in both word format as well as pdf format to allow editing for specific teacher needs.
The specific contents of the learning package includes the following items (the page count for these items are actual student handouts as answer key page counts are not included):
-- Marzano self assessment scale including learning goals and Common Core Reading/Writing and Mathematics Standards for students specific to this unit (2 pages)
-- Minerals and Rocks Completion notes handout for students with learning goals (9 pages)
-- 28 slide PowerPoint to accompany the cloze notes
-- Mineral Properties and Identification Lab with key (8 pages)
-- Minerals and their Properties Worksheet with answer key (23 mixed type questions) (6 pages)
-- Rock Cycle Worksheet with answer key (15 mixed format questions) (3 pages)
-- Rocks and Minerals Test with answer key (33 questions) (7 pages)
-- Rocks and Minerals Jeopardy Review Game in PowerPoint format (26 questions) (54 slides)
Students who demonstrate understanding can:
5-PS1-3. Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties.
MS-ESS2-1. Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.
Common Core State Standards Connections
RST.6-8.7 Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table). (MS-ESS2-3)
RST.6-8.9 Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.
WHST.6-8.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
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