Rocks & Minerals Unit (5E Lessons)

Rocks & Minerals Unit (5E Lessons)
Rocks & Minerals Unit (5E Lessons)
Rocks & Minerals Unit (5E Lessons)
Rocks & Minerals Unit (5E Lessons)
Rocks & Minerals Unit (5E Lessons)
Rocks & Minerals Unit (5E Lessons)
Rocks & Minerals Unit (5E Lessons)
Rocks & Minerals Unit (5E Lessons)
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Are you looking for a fun-filled, engaging way to teach rocks and minerals? This is a HUGE unit designed to do just that! This unit is not just a bunch of worksheets. It includes 20 detailed lesson plans that guide you step by step through each lesson, a comprehensive materials list, interactive notebook pages, thinking routines, comprehension passages, and mostly importantly HANDS ON investigations that are sure to spark curiosity and engagement in your students.

This resource provides 4 weeks of rich, engaging lessons. Many of the lessons are based on the 5 E’s of science (engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate). You are also receiving 5 different Thinking Routines that support discourse in your science classroom. You’ll receive step-by-step instructions on how to use each routine. You’ll also receive a graphic organizer and large poster to display for class discussions. Whether you are a novice science teacher or a teacher who’s been teaching for a while, you are going to love this unit!

Included are 6 lessons plans on properties of rocks, 9 lesson plans on properties of minerals, and 5 lessons plans on weathering. Each lesson is interactive, engaging, and hand-on. Each lesson includes detailed notes explaining the background behind each lesson.

This unit is intended to be taught with real rock and mineral specimens. If you don’t have a class set of rocks and minerals, you can still use this unit. I have included rich photographs to support each lesson. This unit will save you hours of work because the research has been done for you.

PROPERTIES OF ROCKS
Lesson 1 – Becoming a Geologist
Lesson 2 – No! Not Nuggets (Rocks & Minerals Comparison)
Lesson 3 – Classifying Rocks
Lesson 4 – Physical Properties for Rocks
Lesson 5 – The Difference Between a Rock and a Mineral
Lesson 6 – Guess My Rock

PROPERTIES OF MINERALS
Lesson 7 – Properties of Minerals
Lesson 8 – Properties of Minerals (Streak)
Lesson 9 – Properties of Minerals (Luster)
Lesson 10 – Mystery Mineral (Streak & Luster)
Lesson 11 – Properties of Minerals (Cleavage vs Fracture)
Lesson 12 – Properties of Minerals (Hardness)
Lesson 13 – Properties of Minerals (Mohs Hardness Scale)
Lesson 14 – Mohs Hardness Scale Task Cards
Lesson 15 – Mineral Detective

WEATHERING OF ROCKS
Lesson 16 – Weathering & Water
Lesson 17 – Weathering & Wind
Lesson 18 – Weathering & Ice
Lesson 19 – Weathering & Plants
Lesson 20 – Four Corners (Weathering Review)

THINKING ROUTINES
Routine 1: See – Think – Wonder
Routine 2: I Use to Think, but Now I Think
Routine 3: Explanation Game
Routine 4: Creative Questions
Routine 5: 3-2-1 Bridge

If you would like to purchase individual lessons from the unit, check out the links below:

Becoming a Geologist
No! Not Nuggets! (Comparing Rocks and Minerals)
Classifying Rocks
The Difference Between a Rock and a Mineral
Guess My Rock
Physical Properties of Minerals
Properties of Minerals (Streak)
Properties of Minerals (Luster)
Mystery Mineral (Streak & Luster)
Properties of Minerals (Cleavage vs Fracture)
Properties of Minerals (Hardness)
Mohs Hardness Scale
Mohs Hardness Scale Task Cards
Mineral Detective
Weathering: Effects of Water
Weathering: Effects of Wind
Weathering: Effects of Ice
Weathering: Effects of Plants
Weathering: Four Corners Review

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