Note: This is a segment from the larger mineral hardness lab. This portion covers mineral hardness from a standpoint in which students can do the experiment using samples provided by the teacher or be given the data (by yes/no choices or supplied images) to calculate the hardness range.
Experience a mineral hardness lab like no other! What makes this lab so special is that the student body can be diverse in ability level and age. You won't regret adding this to your mineral and geology library. Please see the preview!
Students will investigate the hardness of talc, gypsum, calcite, fluorite, apatite, feldspar, quartz, topaz, corundum, and diamond. They will do so in many different formats. There is a performance lab where students can use the information given or actually conduct their own lab and collect data then placing the correct information on the lab sheet provided.
This has been used as a pre-class, lab/activity, study guide, review, and assessment. This is an effective teaching tool one on one, in small groups, and as a class when using a Smart Board/Promethean Board/Projection.
A guaranteed hit all around!
A great addition to your nature of science teaching library.
Cut and paste or Velcro and laminate for special education applications and alternative assessments. It's really lots of fun for all learners and students in grades 3 - 7.
Applicable to many state science assessments and benchmarks.
Has been applied to state mandated North Carolina end of year tests for science in grades 5 and 8.
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*Activity designed, completed, and submitted at private residence/educational resource center*
Geo Leo and Meteo Mike
“The Tar Heel Tandem”
“Southern Science Specialists”