Have a look at the mineral beryl and its varieties including the famed emerald (dark to medium green) to the many shaded blue aquamarines used since ancient times for jewelry, weaponry decor and more. We'll also have a look at the rest of the mineral group varieties including goshenite (clear), morganite (pinkish to purple) and the rare red beryl. Beryl is also used as an ore for a rare alkaline earth metal, beryllium, which is used in aerospace technologies including spacecraft and telescope mirrors.
This 13-page PowerPoint & 11-page study guide goes into this unique mineral group's identifying characteristics, historical background, and use in industry. The activity guide is in two parts, including PowerPoint interaction questions with drawing activities and a journal exercise. An answer key is included. There is also a link to the class Rocks & Minerals "virtual library" beryl website page. The beryl website resource page has webs resources, project and activity ideas, video tutorials and informative videos all about beryl.