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So fun and easy to do. No real samples? NO PROBLEM!!! This activity offers a fantastic lab experience to both students that have materials available and students that do not.
You can use the provided lab pictures, your own lab materials, or both to incorporate mineral hardness data in determining which specific mineral is being tested.
Playing the WHO AM I? game and using the scratch test, students will determine who is who between: talc and feldspar, quartz and calcite, fluorite and diamond, topaz and feldspar, calcite and apatite, gypsum and quartz, and quartz and feldspar
What makes this lab so special is that the student body can be diverse in ability level and age. In addition, it is formatted so that a teacher has a wide range of discretion as to what information is given to students and what is not. You won't regret adding this to your mineral and geology library. Please see the preview!
This has been used as a pre-class, lab/activity, study guide, review, and assessment. This is an effective teaching tool one on one, in small groups, and as a class when using a Smart Board/Promethean Board/Projection.
A guaranteed hit all around!
A great addition to your mineral and geology teaching library.
Cut and paste or Velcro and laminate for special education applications and alternative assessments.
Within the classroom, this activity has been consistently very successful and acclaimed by students in grades 2nd – 8th within multiple types of schools - public, private, and charter.
Has been applied to state mandated North Carolina end of year tests for science in grades 5 and 8.
Answer key provided.
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*Activity designed, completed, and submitted at private residence/educational resource center*
Geo Leo and Meteo Mike
“The Tar Heel Tandem”
“Southern Science Specialists”