Our Minerals lesson plan explores this specific type of rock. Students will learn how to define mineral and identify the differences among various kinds. They will also learn a little about a few minerals specifically, such as diamonds, quartz, and talc.

There are a lot of suggestions in the “Options for Lesson” section of the classroom procedure page of additional ideas and activities to incorporate into the lesson. One such idea is to invite a geologist or jeweler to speak with the class and answer any questions students might have.

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What our Minerals lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Minerals explores the properties of this class of rocks. Students will discover that there are several types of mineral rocks and will learn what factors help scientists classify them. They will also learn about the composition and names of several specific minerals. This lesson is for students in 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade.

Classroom Procedure

Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the yellow box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand. This lesson requires poster paper and colored pencils or other colored writing utensils.

Options for Lesson

The “Options for Lesson” section of the classroom procedure page lists a lot of additional ideas and suggestions. One idea is to have students create poems or write stories about minerals. Students could also write research papers on a specific type that you assign. If you can, you could obtain a number of minerals and have students identify them based on what they’ve learned and what they observe. Another option is to plan a “Mineral Week” during which you teach this lesson in conjunction with others about rocks, the rock cycle, geology, and so on. You could invite a geologist, rock collector, or jeweler to speak with the class and answer questions.

Teacher Notes

The paragraph on this page gives you a little more information on the lesson overall and describes what you may want to focus your teaching on. It reminds you that the focus of this lesson is to help students understand the difference between minerals and rocks. The blank lines are available for you to write out any thoughts or ideas you have as you prepare.


The Minerals lesson plan includes three worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, and a homework assignment. Each one will help students solidify their grasp of the material they learned throughout the lesson. You can refer to the classroom procedure guidelines to know when to hand out each worksheet.

Worksheet Answer Keys

If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.

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4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

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dorinda w.

The title of the lesson that I downloaded was “Minerals”’. My class really enjoyed looking at the colorful graphics. It made their experience of learning easier to comprehend. They experienced observing and handling minerals after reading. They were excited about using both sources together!

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I have not used it yet. I do not always use the lesson plan but love the resources that come with the material. I have always seen a reading section with it and that is not always easy to find at least not something short. The question and answer are always great to check for understanding.