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Students explore rocks and minerals. For this rocks and minerals nonfiction comprehension guided reading lesson, 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. Students read the book independently and then complete a related pyramid fold project.
The background information and activity sheet for this lesson are impressive in appearance. The intent is to guide junior geologists though an examination of mineral properties and identification. The problem with the lesson is that it does not differentiate between rocks and minerals. Tests performed do not identify rocks at all, just minerals. The activity sheet calls the unknown specimens rocks, when they are, in fact, minerals. Use the science content written into the plan as a reference, but make sure to omit rocks from the lecture and create an accurate lab sheet.
Learners 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.
Students test and identify minerals according to their physical properties. In this mineral analysis lesson plan, 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. Students brainstorm about testing minerals for their hardness.
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. Students complete the week by taking a geology test.
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. An excellent resource for your young geologists.
Third graders create a list of "sparkle words: after reading "Sylvester and the Magic Rock." They record "sparkle words" into their vocabulary. Students chart what they comprehend about minerals Properties. They take a field trip to Rice Rock and Mineral Museum. Students create paper to represent properties of rocks and minerals.
Are you looking for a good, solid lesson plan on sedimentary rocks? This one, produced by the Illinois State Museum, is just such a lesson plan. 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. Additionally, some terrific extension activities are in place. The worksheet that is mentioned in the plan does not seem to be present, but that can be easily produced by the teacher.
Students complete a unit on rocks and minerals. They explore various websites, identify the types of rocks, complete a crossword puzzle, conduct a mineral streak test, demonstrate how water breaks up rock, and create a commemorative stamp to honor a landform they have visited.
Students explore interpreting data while studying rocks and minerals. For this rocks and minerals lesson, students work in groups to determine the amount of waste produced following the extraction of precious metals. Data is collected and represented on a bar graph, and conclusions are drawn as a whole group.