Our Minerals lesson plan gives students an in-depth look at minerals. The lesson begins by defining mineral, elements, and compounds and how they differ from rocks. Then the four main characteristics of minerals are listed, as well as their several physical properties. The chemical properties of minerals are also listed, including definitions for silicates, carbonates, oxides, and sulfates. Finally, the lesson provides several examples of minerals with illustrations. During this lesson, students are asked to complete an activity in which they match the given information with the correct mineral, demonstrating their understanding of the lesson material.
At the end of the lesson, students will be able to define mineral, identify the differences between rocks and minerals, list the composition of some minerals, and name uses of some common minerals.
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy. RI.4.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, CCSS. ELA-Literacy.RI.4.5, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.9