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Rocks and Minerals Unit - Earth Science Series

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This unit is great for anyone who teaches rocks and minerals! It includes many components to make this unit complete, or for you to mix and match with tried and true activities and assessments you may already have.

The main topics covered in this unit are:

- The difference between rocks and minerals
- Rocks, how they are classified, how they are formed (igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic)
- Rock cycle and the changes rocks go through
- Minerals and their properties (covers color, luster, hardness, streak color) including reading mineral charts

This bundle includes the following products:

Rocks and Minerals Presentation - Earth Science Series

Rocks and Minerals Assessments and Activities - Earth Science Series

Rocks and Minerals Interactive Notebook

Rocks and Minerals Vocabulary Pack - Earth Science Series

**Please be sure to check out the PREVIEW file to see more!

What's Included:
Presentation with Full Color Photographs and Discussion Questions

Individial Assessments ("daily grades") for each of the following topics: differences/similarities between rocks and minerals, rocks (three types included), rock cycle, and minerals.

Interactive Notebook entries for rocks, rock cycle, and minerals. Each has three parts: intro/notes with or without blanks, activity, and follow up response to extend knowledge.

Journey Through the Rock Cycle Activity Students visit stations and roll "change" dice to see what path to take in the rock cycle! They record their journey on a chart and the changes they experienced.

"Memoirs of a Rock" Writing Activity that can be used as a follow up to the Journey Through the Rock Cycle Activity, or as a separate writing activity where students write either memoirs, or a diary about being a rock in the rock cycle. Also included are 3 full color rock border lined writing sheets, one regular border lined writing sheet, and one without a border for you to copy onto your own bordered paper.

Mineral Identification Lab that includes instructions on different ways to run the lab (can be done as a center), student recording sheets (2 versions - with and without streak test), and a reference sheet for common objects on Mohs hardness scale **Please note, mineral specmins are needed and ideas for cheap ways to do this are included!**

Mineral Logic Puzzles including individual puzzles (with matrices) and a class/group puzzle with clue cards. Instructions for both types are included!

Rock and/or Mineral Research Project with templates for information if using as a small mini-project or for a great hall display, research sites with QR codes for students to scan, 30 rock cards and 30 mineral cards for you to draw/assign students, and ideas and teacher notes on ways to use the research.

Rocks and Minerals Study "Fortune Teller" also known as a "Cootie Catcher," this fun origami aid is great for studying vocabulary!

Rocks and Minerals Unit Study Guide and Unit Assessment that can be used as a unit test or quiz for a larger unit!

Visual Vocabulary Word Wall Cards for the vocabulary used in the unit: rock, mineral, rock cycle, sedimentary, igneous, metamorphic, sediment, weathering, crystals, luster, streak, hardness, and Mohs Hardness Scale

Vocabulary Study Sheet with and without definitions and visuals. That way, students can fill them in, or just use it as a study aid. (same words as the vocabulary wall - see above)

Vocabulary 3 way (or 2 way) Matching Cards/Game that is great for groups to match up when first learning the vocabulary, then use as a memory game as they learn more!

*Please note that the presentation is in PDF format, and can be viewed and advanced exactly like a PPT. Go to "View" > "Full Screen", and click to advance. Works with remotes too!

I hope you enjoy this item. If you have any questions, concerns or ideas for custom work, please contact me! Thanks and stop by again soon!

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Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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