Rocks and Minerals

Bar Code: 1202, 2269





Descprition: In Rocks and Minerals, students explore the differences and similarities between rocks and minerals by investigating samples ofthese earth materials, performing a series of tests similar to geologists'field tests, and reading about rocks and minerals and how they are used.The first lessons focus on rocks. The students then turn their attentionto a set of 12 minerals and test them to identify properties such as streakcolor, luster, transparency, hardness, shape, and magnetism. After completingthese observations, students compile them into their own Minerals FieldGuide. In a culminating activity, they are challenged to apply their knowledgeand skills to identify new minerals. They then report on how rocks andminerals are used.

Inventory:

1 box of materials

  1. Teacher's guide
  2. Student activity books (15)
  3. Granite specimens (16)
  4. Gneiss specimens (16)
  5. Conglomerate specimens (16)
  6. Limestone specimens (16)
  7. Shale specimens (16)
  8. Sandstone specimens (16)
  9. Obsidian specimens (16)
  10. Basalt specimens (16)
  11. Pumice specimens (16)
  12. Slate specimens (16)
  13. Marble specimens (16)
  14. Schist specimens (16
  15. Plagioclase specimens (16)
  16. Quartz (hexagonal crystal) specimens (16)
  17. Galena specimens (16)
  18. Calcite (icelandic spar) specimens (16)
  19. Fluorite (blue crystal) specimens (16)
  20. Graphite specimens (16)
  21. Hematite specimens (16)
  22. Gypsum specimens (16)
  23. Magnetite (lodestone) specimens (16)
  24. Muscovite specimens (16)
  25. Sulfur (crystal) specimens (16)
  26. Talc specimens (16)
  27. Halite specimens (16)
  28. Apatite (fibrous) specimens (16)
  29. Apatite (crystal) specimens (16)
  30. Dolomite specimens (16)
  31. Quartz (pink crystal) specimens (16)
  32. Hemarite (red) specimens (16)
  33. Biotite specimens (16)
  34. Hand lens (30)
  35. Magnets (30)
  36. Paper trays (15)
  37. Porcelain streak plate (15)
  38. Penlight (15)
  39. AAA penlight battery (30)
  40. Nails 12d (15)
  41. Wax paper
  42. Aluminum foil
  43. Plastic wrap
  44. Index cards 5x8" (100)
  45. Plastic cup w/lid 16oz (31)
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URL: http://rpsec.usca.sc.edu/TravelingScience/STC/rocks_minerals.html (2002)


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