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Earth Science - Geology - Rocks and Minerals

Ramp up your class study of rocks and minerals with some of these ideas. This collection includes free and easy activities and experiments along with links to excellent resources for study and research for both you and your students.
A Collection By Natalie Mroz
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Earth Science - Geology - Rocks and Minerals
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    To add a little fun and hands-on activity to your classes, take a look at these 46 different experiments that you can use in your classes or have your students complete at home. They are simple and most are low- or no-cost activities that can be done quickly and teach a lesson in geology.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    My favorite on this list would be this "gem" of a resource! Produced by the Colorado Department of Education, this booklet includes some lessons and resources for you, but the best part is the "Teacher Background Information," starting on page 4, that will help you make sure you are up to speed on the topic.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    Covering a wealth of information, this webquest would be great to use with groups of students to identify and explore minerals that are all around them.
  • Rocks

    Lesson plan
    discoveryeducation.com
    discoveryeducation.com
    Natalie Mroz says:
    Discovery has a complete lesson plan here for you. It incorporates science with ELA common core writing activities when the students produce picture books to share with younger students.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    In this simple animation, your students will see how the weather affects rocks. It is a very thorough look at mechanical and chemical weathering, presented in an uncomplicated format.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    Make sure you click on the "Play a Song for this Topic" button at the top of the page to hear a great song about rocks and minerals! Then, proceed through the presentation explaining all about the earth's layers and rocks and minerals.
  • Rocks and Minerals

    Lesson plan
    pbslearningmedia.org
    pbslearningmedia.org
    Natalie Mroz says:
    For a quick review or an introduction to the topic of rocks, check out this short video. It shares information in a very easy-to-understand way with good visuals.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    This is an excellent database of various types of rocks that you and your students can use to identify rocks or learn more about each type. When you click on each type, a full page opens with everything you ever wanted to know about that type of rock. (BONUS: On the left side of the page is a list of all 50 states. Clicking on one will bring up a page with a collection of maps for that state.)
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    You will find some interesting information on teaching about rocks and minerals in this article. Specifically, it talks about why and how to teach when your district's requirements differ from the science standards. As an extra, there are links to lessons and other resources for teachers.
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