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Combine politics with science as the class discovers the intricacies of studying rocks and minerals.
Young scholars 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. Young scholars 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.
Students test and identify minerals according to their physical properties. In this mineral analysis instructional activity, 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.
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.
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.
Review the difference between rocks and minerals using this resource. Learners identify and investigate the physical properties of these objects. They create a Venn diagram to compare and contrast types of rocks. This is a motivating way to explore this topic.
Young scholars bring in rocks and minerals from home. They observe them and describe them carefully, completing a worksheet. Finally, a classroom exhibit is created.
Students bring rocks and minerals from home to investigate in the classroom. In this rocks and minerals lesson plan, students observe all the rocks and minerals brought into the class and answer 7 questions about the features of the specimen. Students brainstorm how they will classify all the specimens and they set up an exhibit of their collection
Fourth graders investigate the characteristics of rocks.  In this rock and mineral lesson, 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.  
Sixth graders investigate the difference between rocks and minerals. They name the three kinds of rocks (sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic) and know the differences between them.
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.
Students, in pairs, use observation skills to identify objects from the past and present in our environment made of rocks and minerals of Illinois.
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.
Students complete activities to study rocks and minerals. For this rocks and minerals lesson, students use cookies to participate in a rock and mineral type study. Students record the physical properties of the cookie to learn about rock classification. Students then study, classify, draw, and sort rocks. Students watch PowerPoints about rock classifications and create posters of various rock types.
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. 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.
You can use these hands on lessons to get kids 'rocking' in geology!
Students examine the properties of rocks and minerals. They become geologists and research local areas. They make a presentation to the local planning commission.
Students receive a basis for understanding the three main classifications of rock: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. They engage in a hands-on activity designed to give them an appreciation for rocks and minerals.
Eighth graders identify rocks and minerals and distinguish between the two. They watch a video, classify rocks and minerals, answer video discussion questions, and test various minerals for hardness.
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.

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