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Minerals: granite study and mineral testing

Summary: 
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)
Procedure: 

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.

Notes: 

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

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

Gordon Elementary Science Club