What Are Minerals?

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Take young geologists on a trip through the rock cycle with this series of four earth science presentations. Beginning with an exploration of minerals and the different properties they exhibit, this resource goes on to explore the three types of rocks and the process that transforms them from one kind into another.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Show this presentation as a complement to your school or districts' earth science curriculum
  • Have students discuss the "Oral Response Task" questions in small groups, before sharing their ideas with the entire class
Classroom Considerations
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Slides are divided into four distinct lessons that progressively build students' understanding of rocks and minerals
  • Presentation includes clear and colorful diagrams and photographs that visdually support the concepts being explained in the slides
  • Key vocabulary terms are highlighted in red font throughout the presentation
  • Presentation is only available as a PDF file, which can not be edited by teachers