Grade Level: 4-12
Adapted from Women in Mining Education Foundation Activities
To teach the student to identify minerals by observing and testing the physical properties of each mineral.
- Set up mineral stations for each mineral the students are to
identify. If necessary, some stations may have two minerals
- Each station should be equipped with one each of the following
Divide students into equal groups. Have the number of student
groups match the number of mineral stations.
Distribute a Mineral Worksheet and
Mineral Background sheet to each student.
Have students read the Mineral Background sheet.
Assign each group to a mineral station and have students move to
their assigned station to begin testing. Have the
students perform the physical property tests listed on the Mineral
Background sheet. Have students record the test results on the
Rotate the student groups through each of the work stations,
performing the tests at each station. Allow 5 to 10 minutes per mineral per station.
Hand out Mineral Identification Sheets. (These sheets will be
prepared by the teacher depending on the minerals available
to use in the class. The sheets should include the name of the
minerals and their physical properties.)
Have students compare their test results with the Mineral
Identification Sheet. Can the students correctly
name each of the minerals using their test results? Write the name of
the mineral on the Mineral Worksheet.
- Glass plate
- Streak plate (white unglazed porcelain)
- Balance Scale
- Graduated cylinder (for specific gravity test)
- Steel Nail