Mineral Lesson Plans: Here are two complete lesson plans on minerals. Please view the preview to get an idea of what you'll be getting.
Included in this lesson is everything that you would need in order to teach the properties of minerals (luster, color, texture, streak, hardness, cleavage, etc.) and having the students identify an unknown mineral (halite=salt). All you have to do is follow the lesson plans. These lessons are so thoroughly written that even if you do not understand the content, you will not need to spend hours trying to learn it. I have done the research for you by including teacher notes at the beginning of each lesson.
All About Minerals: This is a lesson that introduces what the properties of minerals are and what a geologist can do to test those properties. For example, one property is the streak property. Different minerals have different streak colors (the color of the mineral in powder form.) To test a mineral's streak, simply rub it against a hard surface and see what color the powder is. A mineral's streak gives you a clue to finding its identity. Included in this lesson is a story about a boy named Rocky who finds a mineral in his backyard. He doesn't know what it is at first, but by testing its properties, he is able to identify it. The students don't know what mineral he has discovered, but they will find out in the next lesson. Students then take notes on the different properties of minerals. This lesson also explains what Mohs scale is (a mineral hardness scale) and even provides a worksheet where they use Mohs scale to answer various questions.
Station Rotation: Students begin this lesson by discovering what mineral Rocky found in his backyard. This gives them the practice they need for when they do it in real life. Then they get to be detectives and try to identify an unknown mineral by testing its properties. (What color is its streak? How hard is it? Does it react to acid?) The answer to these questions will help them solve the mystery of the unknown mineral. Once they figure out the unknown mineral's properties, they will discover that the mineral was halite all along, which is just salt. The materials needed for this hands on lesson can be found in your house or can be easily obtained at the grocery store. All you need are some paper plates, a few flashlights and hammers, droppers or Q-Tips, rock salt, vinegar, and pennies. You will also need a calcite specimen for them to use. If you do not have one, then you can just explain to the students what would have happened if they had it.
This package includes:
-2 very detailed lesson plans that explain what to say and do each step of the way
-A story about a boy who discovers an unknown mineral & then tests its properties to identify it.
-A worksheet where students can take notes as they learn about the properties of minerals
-A page that explains Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness
-A worksheet where students use Mohs Scale to answer questions
-Real pictures of minerals that can be used throughout the lessons (mica, feldspar, quartz, sulfur, calcite, gypsum, and pink halite.)
-A worksheet where they read over the story about Rocky, make annotations as they read, and then use a table to discover what mineral he found in his backyard
-A page where students can write down their findings as they rotate from station to station
-Instructions that can be printed off and placed at each station
-A worksheet where students use their notes to discover the unknown mineral and write down what they think it was
-Vocabulary posters (rock, mineral, geologist, and gemstone.)
These lessons are classroom tested and student approved! My students loved these lessons. They got so excited when they found out it was salt all along.
Before teaching these two lessons, I use my Hershey's vs. Snickers
lesson to introduce and explain the difference between a rock and a mineral.
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