Experience a mineral hardness lab like no other! This lab offers so many pedagogical opportunities based on student ability, teacher discretion, and the availability of lab supplies ranging from none to many. What makes this lab so special is that the student body can be so diverse in ability level and age. In addition, it is formatted so that the 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!
Students will investigate the hardness of talc, gypsum, calcite, fluorite, apatite, feldspar, quartz, topaz, corundum, and diamond. They will do so in many different learning formats. There is a performance lab where students can use the information given or actually conduct their own lab and collect data then placing the correct information on the lab sheet provided. There is also a who am I section as well as scenarios that can arranged multiple ways to allow for more or less student direction.
This is a thorough and DYNAMIC activity that covers a ton of information about minerals. 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 – 9th 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”