Rocks and Minerals Unit - Grades 3, 4, 5

Brenda Kovich
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  1. Complete your geology unit with hands-on earth science activities! Kids love will love the rocks and minerals unit, earth’s layers activities, and interactive weathering presentation. A bonus card sort activity asks students to sort photographs that depict weathering, erosion and deposition. Created
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This set of rocks and minerals worksheets, activities, interactive website, games, and test provide oodles learning opportunities. It can be used in a stand-alone geology unit or added to your longer earth systems unit.

What’s Included:

  • Instructions for the Teacher
  • Rocks and Minerals Article & Worksheet
  • Rock Types Internet Activity
  • Properties Sheets
  • Identification Activity
  • Fossils Articles & Worksheets
  • Rock Cycle Article & Worksheet
  • I Have/Who Has Review Game
  • Study Guide
  • Assessment
  • NEW Website - This website was specially designed to correspond with the activities in this resource. Kids using computers, Chromebooks, or any online learning device can access the interactive website with no problem. It allows them to safely access links to articles, interactives, and videos (shared through so kids see no ads).


One section of the companion website supports each concept.

  1. Read about rocks and minerals to discover their properties, similarities, and differences. Analyze properties of four materials and determine whether they are rocks, minerals, or neither.
  2. Research and record information on sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks.
  3. Learn about six properties of minerals: color, luster, hardness, streak, cleavage, and crystals. Use these properties to identify ten rocks.
  4. Read about fossils and answer questions. Analyze a diagram to discover the order, organisms, and environment for each layer of earth.
  5. Read about and discuss further information that fossils provide. Draw a cross-section diagram that shows an area covered first by land and then by water. Include fossils of your choice.
  6. Read about the rock cycle. Label a diagram to show where sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks are being formed.
  7. Review concepts with I Have/Who Has game, study guide, and website.
  8. Assess knowledge and understanding with two-page test.

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Total Pages
34 pages + website
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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