In this unit on Rocks and Mineral students learn that both Rocks and Minerals can be identified by their properties. Students will identify the physical properties of common minerals, including hardness, color, luster, cleavage, and streak color, and recognize the role of minerals in the formation of rocks. Students will explain the role of minerals and their importance in rock formation. Students will identify the three categories of rocks: igneous, (formed from molten rock); sedimentary (pieces of other rocks and fossilized organisms); and metamorphic (formed from heat and pressure). They will differentiate between the three different categories of rocks based on how each is formed and/or their physical properties.
This is a bundled lesson that includes the student interactive notes and the Power Point presentation. Student discussions (Turn and Talks) and video clips embedded in presentation. A Review Crossword Puzzle and solution to review 20 vocabulary terms is also included. Everything you need to teach the lesson!
This is a 4th grade standard but is annually assessed on the 5th grade state benchmark exams.