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This slide show provides basic information on the three major rock types and the rock cycle. Diagrams of the rock cycle explain the processes and changes that connect the three rock types and illustrate how one type can be changed into another. Each of the three types (sedimentary, igneous, metamorphic) are described and illustrated with photographs. Addresses for websites with additional information ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Presentation / Demo
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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In this activity students will use sample sets of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks to learn how to identify the major rock types. They will write the key characteristics that would help them identify each of the rocks on the list. They will find and copy an image of each from the "Volcano World" slide show and answer the questions at the end of this activity. As a result of this lesson ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Computer activity
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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In this activity, students grow crystals of the same substance over different periods of time to determine the relationship between time of growth and the size of the crystal. Students should understand that in this investigation evaporation of water is analogous to heat loss in a large body of rock. They learn that small crystals grow in igneous rocks that cool relatively quickly while larger crystals ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Lab activity
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This database includes the crystal structure for every mineral published in the American Mineralogist, The Canadian Mineralogist, European Journal of Mineralogy and Physics, and Chemistry of Minerals. Data is now being imported from Acta Crystallographica as well. The database is maintained under the care of the Mineralogical Society of America and the Mineralogical Association of Canada. The data ... Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional, General public
Resource type: Ref. material, In-situ dataset
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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The purpose of this activity is to demonstrate how individual subjective taste is a factor in value (in terms of cost) in gemstones, which have their origin in the natural realm of minerals. Students will discover that the study of gems is an exciting and intriguing aspect to the study of minerals which can help to spur interest and lead to deeper understanding of mineral and crystal formation. As ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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In this activity, students will discover that minerals have specific characteristics that help to identify them. They will learn that minerals are formed by inorganic processes, are crystalline solids with an internal orderly arrangement of atoms, have specific chemical compositions, and have specific physical and chemical characteristics. They will also learn that minerals are commonly identified ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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In this activity, students will learn to measure the density of various minerals. The activity will reinforce the usefulness of density as a physical test for identification of minerals. Using a selection of mineral specimens of varying densities, they will weigh each one in air, immerse it in a graduated cylinder of water, and measure the amount of water displaced by the specimen. Dividing the weight ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Lab activity
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This activity gives students practice and a chance to develop expertise in using the test for hardness in identifying common minerals. Following a discussion and an introduction to Moh's scale, the students will work in groups to test minerals whose identities are known against their standards (common substances whose hardnesses are known). Once the known minerals have been tested, the students can ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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In this activity, students will learn the properties of cleavage and fracture (how minerals break when struck with a hammer), and will use these properties as a diagnostic test for identifying minerals. Working in small groups, they will break a selection of specimens with a hammer, observe the results, and record their observations. A student worksheet and discussion questions are provided. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This Flash-enabled diagram provides a scheme for sedimentary rock identification accompanied by pop-up images of the rocks. Rolling the mouse over highlighted boxes links texture, grain size, composition, and map symbols to images of a variety of sedimentary rocks. The animation is downloadable. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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