Discovering Rocks and Minerals. Robin Miller Third Grade. Table of Contents. Georgia performance Standards Rock vs. Mineral Three Types of rocks Sedimentary rocks Metamorphic rocks Igneous rocks How do rocks form? The Rock Cycle What are mineral? Our Favorite Gemstones Let’s Do Math!
Discovering Rocks and Minerals
Table of Contents
S3E1- Students will investigate the physical attributes of rocks and minerals.
M3D1- Students will create and interpret simple tables and graphs.
In this lesson, you will become a geologist. Your job is to investigate the differences between a rock and mineral. Have fun!!
Three Types of Rocks
The Rock Cycle
They are both pressed down.
All are made of
Both Experience heat
Click on the website below to learn more about the rock cycle.
Look at all of my gold, I’m rich!!
A mineral is a solid material made of one substance, that occurs naturally on Earth.
Most of the common minerals are made of crystals.
Most Commonly Used Minerals
Our Favorite Gemstones
After surveying the class about our favorite gemstone, here are the results:
Which gemstone does our class like the most? The least?
Read the graph below. Create two questions about the various items and there hardness according to Moh’s hardness scale. Exchange your questions with a classmate and check their answers.
First, view this erupting volcano video (click on real media player and be patient).
Now, lets have fun building your own volcano.
Are you a Rock Hound? Take the quiz to find out. Good Luck!!
Rock Cycle Song
(Sing to the tune of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat")
SEDIMENTARY rockHas been formed in layersOften found near water sourcesWith fossils from decays.
Then there's IGNEOUS rockHere since Earth was bornMolten Lava, cooled and hardenedThat's how it is formed.
These two types of rocksCan also be transformedWith pressure, heat and chemicalsMETAMORPHIC they'll become.
Your Job Assignment
National Geographic has hired you to investigate the uses of minerals used in your daily life. First, research the minerals you use. Then, create a chart telling me the name of the minerals and how it is used. Finally, survey your classmates to see what minerals they use daily and create a pie graph with your results.