Rocks and Minerals Study Guide and Test: Are you looking for a rocks and minerals test to guide your unit? One that isn't just multiple choice? With this test, students will need to match vocabulary words with their correct definition, explain the difference between a rock and mineral, answer multiple choice questions correctly, identify an unknown mineral using clues and a table, sort various rocks into their correct category, and label the rock cycle. I have used this assessment (3 pages) for three years and each year, the students that did well on this test, did well on the Utah end-of-year SAGE test.
This Test comes with a few extras! It also comes with:
-A study guide that students can take home to study (4 pages)
-A sheet that students can use to study the rock cycle
-Instructions for a relay-race sorting game where students sort pictures of rocks in teams of 2 or 3. (All of the pictures are included) This game is a favorite of my students. It gets them up and out of their seats, and they become really invested in learning which rocks are igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic.
-Photographs of REAL rocks that you can use while reviewing, during the test, and/or for the relay-race game.
The study guide includes definitions to the following words: lava, magma, rock, mineral, geologist, sediments, weathering, and compaction. It gives the meaning of 7 mineral properties (luster, hardness, cleavage, streak, color, acid reaction, and texture) and how to test them. It includes a mineral identification table. It briefly explains Mohs scale. It lists the 3 main types of rocks (igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic), how they are made, and what their characteristics are. It lists 12 rocks and what category they belong in (igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic.) It includes a completed rock cycle. It explains the difference between a rock and a mineral. It gives all the information (and more) that a student will need to be successful on this test and on the end of year test.
ROCK CYCLE STUDY SHEET
Half the sheet is a blank rock cycle, the other half is filled in. Students can fold the paper in half and practice filling in the blank one. Then they can check the completed one to see if they were correct.
Igneous photographs include: pumice, scoria, basalt, granite, gabbro, and obsidian
Sedimentary photographs include: sandstone, limestone, conglomerate, coal, and shale
Metamorphic photographs include: gneiss, schist, slate, soapstone, marble, and quartzite.
If you are unsure of how to introduce a rocks and minerals unit, then you might be interested in my Hershey's vs. Snickers
lesson which is an edible lesson and explains the difference between rocks and minerals. My students LOVED this lesson and it always got them so excited to learn more about rocks and minerals.
Or, if you're interested in an entire unit at a discounted price, please check out my HUGE Rocks and Minerals Unit,
which provides three week's worth of material that can be used to teach, or enhance, your rocks and minerals unit.