This activity is a TRUE WINNER! This is a segment from the larger mineral hardness lab. So fun and easy to do. No real samples? NO PROBLEM!!! This activity offers a fantastic lab experience to both students that have lab materials available and those that do not. 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.
There are 2 answer options available. 1 with the scratch in real view, 1 with the scratch highlighted.
Please see the preview! This is also a great lab for special education or an alternative for learners struggling with a traditional lab scenario.
Students are GIVEN a minerals' hardness value on the Moh's scale and have to cut and paste or Velcro the correct lab outcome in a hardness test scenario. For example, feldspar has a hardness of 6.0 on the Moh's scale. Therefore, a student would place a scratched fingernail picture, scratched penny picture, scratched glass picture, and an Unscratched steel nail picture to the sample of feldspar given its 6.0 hardness value. This is also completed for talc, gypsum, calcite, fluorite, apatite, quartz, topaz, corundum, and diamond.
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 3rd – 8th within multiple types of schools - public, private, and charter.
This work has also been shared at workshops, in-services, and conferences.
Great feedback from parents, teachers, administrators, and curriculum field professionals.
Applicable to many state science assessments and benchmarks.
Has been applied to state mandated North Carolina end of year tests for science in grades 5 and 8.
Even used by teachers in New York State as a preparation for the Earth Science Grade 9 Regents Exam.
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”