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This archive provides photographs and information about metamorphic rocks. Brief descriptions of the two basic types of metamorphic rocks and examples of each are provided, along with a photograph of an example of each type. Some photos are linked to additional information on each type. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This archive contains a collection of photographs of minerals which has been organized alphabetically. Students will find information about the physical properties of minerals along with crystals system, form, and habit. Each picture will have information about its locality and size. Ownership information is included where possible. Each mineral page features a photograph of the mineral with a brief ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This activity is concerned with crystals, the basic building units that make up rocks and minerals. Students construct a model of the silicon-oxygen tetrahedron and discover that the smallest whole unit that could form a unique crystal is called a unit cell. They learn that a unit cell would have all the properties of a large crystal such as a diamond, but would be only molecular size (submicroscopic). ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Lab activity
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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In this activity, students measure the specific gravity of rocks and equate it to density. There are instructions for modifying the balance to be able to weigh the rocks in water. There are also several suggestions about how to use the data and the kinds of graphs that can be made. The site has a list of materials, detailed instructions, and examples of charts and graphs. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Lab activity
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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In this activity, students classify cookies as if they were classifying rocks. They work in groups to assign at least ten different kinds of cookies to either igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic groups. The students have to justify their decisions based on the physical characteristics of the cookies. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This report explains how the NIST test wall was constructed to study the performance and durability of various building stones under uniform climatic conditions. It was built by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in 1948 and is currently located at their facility in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Users may read and see pictures of the wall's physical features, its orientation, and ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This resource is about Jade, how it is formed, where it is found and what it is used for. Jade includes both jadeite and nephrite which are found in many colors and patterns. There are five sections and some have several sub-sections. All sections consist of labeled photographs and additional information can be had by rolling over the labels. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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In this activity, students use written and online materials to answer a set of questions on the general properties and identification of minerals. They will learn about physical properties such as color, hardness, and cleavage; special properties such as fluorescence and effervescence; and complete a chart listing properties for a selection of minerals. Links to the necessary information are provided. ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Computer activity
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology
 
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This slide show provides students with basic information on mineralogy. It explains how the term "mineral" is defined, the properties that are used to identify minerals, their importance in daily life, and some general facts. For each identifying property, an example mineral and photograph are provided. Addresses to websites with additional information are also included. 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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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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