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Minerals: granite study and mineral testing

Examine a familiar rock closely to find the minerals in it, then test minerals for hardness and streak colour to identify them.
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Earth/Space: Rock cycle, Earth Materials, Natural resources (5)
Curriculum connection (2005 science topic): 
Earth and Space Science: Renewable and Non-Renewable Resources (grade 5)
Earth and Space Science: Earth's Crust (grade 7)

Do the activities in order.
If available, use a rock tumbler to finish the lesson by adding rocks to the tumbler to observe over several weeks as they are smoothed.


Wear mineral jewelry if possible. e.g. jade necklace, and show students rough jade to compare.

Grades tested: 
Gr 1
Gr 2
Gr 3
Gr 4
Site tested: 
Bayview Elementary Science Club
General Gordon Elementary Science Club
Lesson plan originally developed and delivered: 

Gordon Elementary Science Club