Rocks and Minerals Lab Info Sheet
Students should already have some background knowledge of rocks and minerals. They should have some prior knowledge of: the physical properties of rocks, luster, texture, size, color. Alternatively, you can also do the lab first and then show vocabulary words last and they will learn as they observe.
1. The week before, have students gather rocks from home.
2. Students will be partnered up so that they have two sets of rocks to choose from (so that they all don’t look the same).
3. Students will choose 2 of their own rocks and 1 of their partner’s to compare and contrast.
4. Under the “Rocks” column, they will draw a picture of their rock. They will write down the rest of the information under the columns.
5. The “Warm-Up” chart is something you can show them or do together so that the students know what they need to do.
6. The “Observation Chart” is what the students complete on their own.