The Teaching Mineral Identification Packet is
Over 160 PDF pages of ready-to-run materials covering: The Chemistry of
Minerals, Mineral Identification & Mining in Missouri. (Can be
adapted to your state). The Packet includes everything you need,
including detailed lesson plans, bellwork, worksheets, labs, tests
& quizzes, manipulatives, PowerPoints, and many Team Game suggestions
you can run off on colored paper. Includes Identifying Minerals and
Mining Minerals PPTs. Can be purchased as a Download or a CD.
NOTE: I have several Minerals PPTs for specific states also available
at no extra charge if you order the Minerals Packet. See Store Page for complete list. Will make a PPT
for your state for a small charge if not already available. Several items from this Packet are also available below at NO CHARGE!
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are welcome to use these ideas in your classroom, within your science
department, within your school district, or to distribute to any
teacher who may find these lessons useful.I only ask that:
1. You cannot sell these lessons or make a profit on them in any way.
2. You cite the lessons original source, and do not white-out the
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3. Do not copy and paste lessons onto your website. A link to the
original is to be used.
4. Do not claim these lessons as your own work. NOTE: This disclaimer is
modeled after a couple of my favorite websites: The Science
Spot and Middle School Science. Thanks, teachers!
Do a brief review
of the structure
using atomic number and mass number to calculate protons, electrons,
and neutrons; and element symbols. Click
here for Chemistry Notes. Click here
for Chemistry Worksheet. Both are a brief review, leading up to the
concept of mineral chemical formulas.
Our students should
know about 30 symbols of elements when they get to us. So we don't do
much but a quick review of the symbols. Here is a list we've compiled
over the years based on which symbols show up on state tests. Click
here. NOTE: Our high school chemistry teacher doesn't think we
waste our time teaching chemical symbols. He thinks they will learn
them naturally when they take Chemistry as a high school student.
Something to think about. Certainly worth dropping if you are pressed
A good review of elements and their symbols, also atomic and
mass numbers. Click here.
review. There's no word list, which makes them recall learned element
names from the symbols because the Periodic Table I give them is
symbols only. Click here.
sandwich baggies with minerals and nonminerals; such as chalk, small
tube of water, a few minerals, sea shell, pottery shard, shark tooth,
etc. The Labsheet asks them to name each item, state if mineral or non
mineral, and list the reason why. At the top of the page is the list of
the five main criteria for calling something a mineral. Click
here for a worksheet from Science Spot. Click
here for more information on this topic.
starting "The Big Lab" of mineral identification, use your text to
write questions about the main properties of minerals, such as: color,
luster, fracture, cleavage, special properties, etc. Emphasize that
this much be completed before they will be allowed to participate in
"The Big Lab." Click here for my
version based on Heath Earth Science.
BIG Mineral Identification Lab
contains a chart for students to fill out as they attempt to identify
unknown minerals using mineral properties as their clues. You can
number the minerals so they are done in a certain order or just let
them identify in any order they choose. Depending on what test kit
tools you have, make column titles like: color, hardness, streak, etc. Click
here for a good website for ideas.
for a great online quiz on minerals, despite the title. "First
question: "Minerals are not rocks. True or False." If you can project
onto a big-screen T.V. in your classroom, this can be used for the
whole class as a good class starter or review. From the San Diego
Natural History Museum.
After "The Big
Lab" in which
students have identified several minerals, review the names, uses, and
properties of these minerals with this game. Each team listens
carefully to your clue, such as: "Show me the mineral that has a
hardness of 6," or, "Show me the mineral that is Missouri's State
Mineral," or, "Show me the mineral that is used to make wallboard."
Each team picks out the mineral they think answers the question, sends
a member up to the teacher, hiding their mineral in their hand, then
reveals the mineral when the teacher says, "Show me the Mineral!" Point
for each team that picks the correct mineral.
Print out Bingo Cards
and have the students write in the names of the minerals you are
studying. Give each pair a tray of minerals. Then say, "Match the
mineral with a hardness of 6 on its name." Or, "Place the mineral that
is the main ingredient in talcum powder on its name." The pair quietly
puts the mineral on the correct name. When they get a "Bingo," check to
see if the names match the minerals. Great fun! I have a big bag of
wrapped candies for prizes.
great game that involves finding your matching use or mineral(rock)
partner. Hand out cards with mineral names or uses and let students
walk around searching for their partner.
up a "Jeopardy" type game for team competition. About four categories
is enough, 5 questions per category. Arrange questions with answers in
column underneath flaps. A regular-size foam core board works great.
Tape half an 8x11 sheet of paper on the top to make the flaps and put
questions underneath the flaps, answers underneath the questions. Kids
love this game!