Rocks & Minerals

  • Rocks and Minerals - students explore the differences and similarities between rocks and minerals by investigating:
    • samples of these earth materials,
    • performing a series of tests similar to geologists' field tests,
    • reading about rocks and minerals and how they are used.

    The first lessons focus on rocks. The students then turn their attention to a set of 12 minerals and test them to identify properties such as streak color, luster, transparency, hardness, shape, and magnetism. After completing these observations, students compile them into their own Minerals Field Guide.

    In a culminating activity, they are challenged to apply their knowledge and skills to identify new minerals. They then report on how rocks and minerals are used.

Integrating Art into Science Lessons

Supplemental Fossils Lessons

  •  Link to Pacific Northwest Science Laboratory web page