Want to be hip and up with technology? Have your students create a Facebook page for a mineral of their choice! Biggest Hit! Students love it. Print out worksheet, and have them go to a computer lab or do this as hw.
Students will be researching things like hardness, luster, color, minerals that make it up, value, location found, etc.
Ask them to print out a picture where the picture goes, and dont forget a good status, like.. "diamonds...a girls bestfriend".. or "pyrite...fooled ya"