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Exploring Rocks & Minerals

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How can we identify a rock and a mineral? Introduce your students to rocks and minerals by having them handle and observe commonly found samples. They perform different tests (color, streak, hardness) to learn about simple observable characteristics/properties used to identify rocks and minerals.


Earth Science

Grade Levels

6-8, 3-5

Lesson Plan

Exploring Rocks and Minerals

Mineral Identification Guide


Student Sheets

Rocks Minerals Activity Sheet

Items included

Rocks & Minerals Materials Checklist

Exploring Rocks and Minerals Presentation

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