Rocks and Minerals Teacher Resources
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You don't have to travel far to learn about rocks, just step outside, pick up a stone, and begin investigating. After taking a class walk around the school grounds collecting rocks, young scientists practice their skills of observation by writing brief descriptions and creating sketches of their samples.
2nd - 6th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Intermediate Guided Reading Lesson: Rocks and Minerals
Students explore rocks and minerals. In this rocks and minerals nonfiction comprehension guided reading lesson plan, students observe rocks and make a list of their observable traits. Students preview the book Rocks and Minerals by reading the title of each section and predicting what information that section might include.
3rd - 5th Science
Young geologists learn how to use an identification key in order to classify rocks. The key is designed to help them classify rocks into three types: ignesous, metamorphic, and sediimentary. After an initial teacher-led demonstration, pupils get into groups and are given many samples of rocks.
Rocks and Minerals
Fourth graders investigate the characteristics of rocks. In this rock and mineral lesson plan, 4th graders observe rocks and record common characteristics. Students view a video on the rock cycle and pair share additional information on the rocks they've observed.
4th English Language Arts
Rocks and Minerals: Finding Clues Like a Scientist
The background information and activity sheet for this instructional activity are impressive in appearance. The intent is to guide junior geologists though an examination of mineral properties and identification. The problem with the instructional activity is that it does not differentiate between rocks and minerals.
4th - 8th Science
Virginia Rocks and Minerals
Students explore, via a CD-ROM, the Virginia's five geological regions and discover the rocks and minerals located in each. In stone kits, they examine samples of rocks and minerals and answer questions about them. After discovering the process of fossilization, a guest speaker explains the uses of rocks and how they are processed.
6th - 8th Science
Rocks and Minerals Unit
Students test and identify minerals according to their physical properties. In this mineral analysis lesson, students brainstorm ways to identify rocks and list their ideas on chart paper. Students study samples in pairs and identify the minerals according to A Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals.
6th - 7th Science
Rocks in the World
Fifth graders explore the amazing world of rocks and minerals, while discovering how rocks and minerals are used in common, everyday items. There are some excellent activities embedded in this engaging plan. The "Your House Comes from a Mine" activity is especially enlightening.
Are you looking for a good, solid lesson on sedimentary rocks? This one, produced by the Illinois State Museum, is just such a lesson. Middle schoolers identify common rocks and minerals by analyzing sediments from local water sources. There is a meaningful, and easy-to-implement, inquiry described in the plan.
7th - 8th Science
Rocks and Minerals
Fifth graders examine different types of rocks and classify rocks by their different characteristics. In small groups they sort their rocks into two categories, then create three categories to sort by on a sorting worksheet. Next, they select three rocks and compare and contrast them and discuss how a rock key works.
Describing the Properties of Rocks and Minerals
Fourth graders examine geology by completing a week long research activity. In this rocks and minerals lesson, 4th graders spend six days exploring different rock formations in class, defining their proper vocabulary terms, identifying geological colors and shapes and writing descriptions about the samples.