Mineral Identification Lab

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It's not middle school science unless you have to identify minerals!

Here I've combined data from 27 popular minerals into a table to help your students in identifying common minerals. Two pages (for 20 minerals) of blank information tables are included for your students to record information from mineral tests. Students then use their information and the provided data tables to try and identify minerals. My students spend 3-4 days working on these! That's GREAT hands-on science.

**Minerals and test materials NOT included. You should have on hand: at least 10 minerals, unglazed porcelain plates, copper pennies, iron nail, glass plate, HCl (not completely necessary), paperclips (to test for magnetism; not completely necessary).

Minerals included in data table: galena, graphite, magnetite, pyrite, bauxite, biotite, corundum, hematite, limonite, olivine, garnet, sphalerite, amethyst, calcite, fluorite, gypsum, halite, muscovite mica, talc, dolomite, orthoclase feldspar, plagioclase feldspar, quartz, rose quartz, milky quartz, sulfur, sodalite.

You may also be interested in my other products on minerals...

What is a Mineral? PPT Introduction
20 Slide PPT introduces the definition of minerals and goes over each part of the definition. Examples are given of what is and is not a mineral and why. Minerals are compared to what defines a rock. Student note sheet is given to students to take notes during PPT presentation.

Crystal Structure of Minerals PPT and Student Note Sheet
Minerals! Teaching minerals to middle school students?! This is a fantastic introduction to the formation and shapes of crystalline structure found in minerals. The 23 slide PPT covers how crystals are formed, why you can see or not see the crystal structure, why smaller or larger crystals are formed and the 6 types of crystals structure. Student note sheet included

Minerals and Crystals Review Sheet and Quiz
This review and quiz was designed to follow up my introduction to minerals product and my crystal structure ppt and student notes. Includes a one page review with answer key and quiz with answer key. Quiz includes 10 multiple choice, 3 fill in the blank and one extra credit.

Introducing Mineral Characteristics
This lesson was designed to introduce how to identify minerals. Students begin by brainstorming different ways to categorize mineral characteristics and then move on to sorting physical charactertics and categories. Answer key and lesson plan included.

Mineral Testing: PPT and Student Notes
This is an excellent introduction to testing minerals. This 13 slide PPT is jam packed with definitions, examples, and pictures that cover the different mineral tests. Mineral tests included: color, hardness, streak, luster, cleavage, fracture, special properties, and specific gravity. 3 pages of coordinated student notes included, both with blanks and a filled in version.

The following terms are discussed in the PPT: mineral, color, Mohs Hardness Scale, relative hardness, streak, unglazed porcelain plate, luster, metallic, nonmetallic, submetallic, vitreous/glass, resinous, pearly, greasy/oily, silky, dull, earthy, cleavage, fracture, magnetic, acid test, specific gravity, and density of water.

Mineral Uses: PPT and Student Notes
This product was designed for use in a middle school classroom. Packed with information, pictures, and all the details needed to keep your middle school science class engaged, this PPT is sure to be a class pleaser.Two pages of coordinated student fill-in-the-blank notes are included, with the filled-in versions as well.

Information on the following is included: gemstones: quartz/ amethyst/ citrine, corundum/ rubies/ sapphires, beryl/ aquamarine/ emerald, diamonds, topaz, and turquoise; talc/ powder, quartz/ clocks, halite/ rock salt, graphite/ pencil lead, galena/ lead ore, magnatite/ hematite/ limonite/ iron ore, gypsum/ alabaster/ drywall/ ornaments.

Mineral Task Cards
Teaching minerals to middle schoolers? You NEED these! These 24 task cards (with student answer sheet and teacher answer key) are the perfect follow up to my other mineral products. These cards cover the definition of what a mineral is (and isn't), crystal structure, mineral testing, and mineral uses. Your students will LOVE this awesome challenge!

ALL of my MINERAL products are available in a $ saving bundle:
Mineral Bundle

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90 Minutes

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