Rocks and Minerals Unit (6 Fun, Engaging & Hands-On Lessons)

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If you enjoyed my PowerPoint presentation on the rock cycle, and my FREE lesson on extracting minerals, then you will love this fun and engaging unit. In this file, you will find 6 detailed lesson plans, learning goals in student friendly language, PowerPoint presentations with beautiful photos, interactive notebook pages for each lesson, a brochure and booklet filled with information and photos and 3 assessment choices with rubrics (quiz, research project and report). As a bonus, there are also photos of suggested notebook presentations.

Lesson 1: What Are Rocks and Minerals?

In this lesson, students will share what they already know and what they would like to know about rocks and minerals. They will also create and read two booklets that introduce the topic and gives the difference between rocks and minerals and suggested activities.

Lesson 2: Three Types of Rocks

In this lesson, students will learn to identify and classify igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. They will also be able to explain how each type is formed. This lesson is taught with a PowerPoint presentation, a hands on sorting activity and an interactive notebook tool for note taking.

Lesson 3: The Rock Cycle

This lesson is taught with a hands-on, very engaging activity using chewy candy. Students learn how igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks are formed through the rock candle. A PowerPoint presentation guides students through each step of making edible rocks. Students also fill in a page for their interactive notebook.

Lesson 4: Identifying Minerals

Through guided, shared or independent reading, students learn how to identify minerals by comparing their properties such as color, luster, streak, transparency and hardness. They also gain a knowledge and understanding of the Mohs scale and will be able to identify minerals made available to them. This lesson includes a beautiful, color informational brochure and interactive notebook tools.

Lesson 5: Extracting Minerals
FREE SAMPLE LESSON
In this lesson, students learn how minerals are extracted through a fun, hands-on activity using chocolate chip cookies. They will also read a booklet filled with information on how mining affects our environment and reflect on different point of views and perspectives of the mining industry. Interactive notebook tools included.

Lesson 6: Minerals in our Daily Lives

In this lesson, students discuss and find out how minerals are present in our daily lives. A mini booklet gives examples and students then search in magazines and newspapers for additional examples that they glue in their interactive notebook.

Assessment 1: Minerals Research Project and Rubric
Students pick a mineral from a given list and research how it is mined and extracted, human use and its impact on the environment and how it is recycled. They are given a choice of how to present their results.
Assessment 2: Rocks and Minerals Quiz and rubric
This is a more traditional type of assessment, with questions requiring short answers, word association and true or false answers.
Assessment 3: Report – The Impact of the Mining Industry on a Community and Rubric
Based on a given situation, students are required to write a short report on the impact the mining industry can have on a community.

***Files with the Canadian spelling are included.***
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Rocks and Minerals Unit (6 Fun, Engaging & Hands-On Lessons)
Rocks and Minerals Unit (6 Fun, Engaging & Hands-On Lessons)
Rocks and Minerals Unit (6 Fun, Engaging & Hands-On Lessons)
Rocks and Minerals Unit (6 Fun, Engaging & Hands-On Lessons)