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This lesson plan is part of the DiscoverySchool.com lesson plan library for grades 6-8. This lesson focuses on sedimentary rocks and how they are formed. Students review the rock cycle and three rock types: igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary. They then write children's books about sedimentary rocks to explain the process to a younger audience. Included are objectives, materials, procedures, discussion ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This site is devoted to microscopic images of minerals, thin sections of rocks and meteorites, and stereoscopy of minerals. The site is organized into the following categories: meteorites, plutonic rocks, volcanic rocks, carbonates, sedimentary rocks, sedimentary rocks and diatoms. Other links include conoscopic images, an index measurement page containing theoretical information about index of refraction ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Photograph
Subject: Geology, Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This website provides photomicrographs of minerals and rocks in thin section. The images are subdivided into minerals, plutonic microtextures, volcanic microtextures, and metamorphic microtextures. Each photomicrograph is accompanied by sample information, a brief description, rock type and locality, plane polarized and cross polar views, and a link to other examples of the mineral or microtexture. ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Photograph
Subject: Geology, Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This web site includes almost 200 photomicrographs of rocks and minerals. The thin sections are all in transmitted white light, some in plane polarized light, but most with crossed polarizers on. The majority of the pictures show a field of view 1.5 mm long (about 80X magnification). Other magnifications are indicated where different. The thin sections are categorized into minerals, igneous, metamorphic, ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Photograph
Subject: Geology, Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This is a collection of photomicrographs of igneous rocks. There are 69 photomicrographs with captions containing pertinent information. This resource is part of the Teaching Petrology collection. http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/petrology03/index.html Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Photograph
Subject: Geology, Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This page is a collection of photomicrographs of metamorphic rocks. There are 45 photomicrographs with captions containing pertinent information. This resource is part of the Teaching Petrology collection. http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/petrology03/index.html Full description.
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Resource type: Photograph
Subject: Geology, Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This site contains photographs of 22 igneous rock hand samples. Clicking on an image brings up a larger view of the sample. In addition, links to thin sections are available for some of the samples. Thin sections can be seen in both crossed polarized light and plane polarized light by moving the cursor on and off the photomicrograph. This resource is part of the Teaching Petrology collection. http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/petrology03/index.html ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Photograph
Subject: Geology, Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This site contains photographs of 18 metamorphic rock hand samples. Clicking on an image brings up a larger view of each sample. Images of thin sections are available for some of the samples. Thin sections can be seen in both crossed polarized light and plane polarized light by moving the cursor on and off the photomicrograph. This resource is part of the Teaching Petrology collection. http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/petrology03/index.html ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
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In this activity, students will become familier with the rock cycle. During the first part of the lesson, students work in small groups, each group having a copy of the rock cycle on a sheet of paper and a selection of small-scale samples and photographs that represent the products of the rock cycle. The students lay out their samples and photographs next to what they consider to be the correct boxes ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Geology, Mineralogy or petrology
 
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Students investigate variables that may influence the growth of crystals which they have learned to make. There are two options for implementing this activity. The first is open-ended, with the students deciding what variables affect crystal growth and then deciding on the manipulating variables they would like to study. The second is prescriptive and explains to students how to test three variables ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Lab activity
Subject: Chemistry, Mineralogy or petrology
 
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