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A reading lesson on earth science.
 

ROCKS AND MINERALS:
IDENTIFYING MINERALS

A science lesson on identifying minerals. Includes printable teaching reading comprehension lesson worksheets.

 

Objectives:

  • Students will learn how to identify various minerals.
  • Students will learn various physical properties of minerals.

Suggested Grades:

3rd Grade - 4th Grade - 5th Grade - 6th Grade

 



 
 
 

 

MINERALS LESSON

 

Directions:

Print the Identifying Minerals reading comprehension passage and questions (see below).

 

Students should read the passage silently, then answer the questions.  Teachers may also use the text as part of a classroom lesson plan.

 

Lesson Excerpt

     All rocks are made up of minerals. Rocks have different colors, textures, and shapes. Some rocks or minerals are very hard.  Some are soft.

     A gemstone is a mineral that is rare and beautiful.  Color, luster, radiance, and hardness are properties that make a mineral valuable as a gemstone.  Diamonds, rubies, opals, emeralds, and sapphires are all gemstones.

      Minerals are identified by their physical properties.  A physical property is something you can see, feel, taste, touch, or smell.  You can learn to identify many common minerals by paying attention to or testing these properties.  The first is color.  Some minerals are usually one color, but some can be different colors.  You cannot identify a mineral by color alone, but it is a useful property to use for identification.  The second is form.  Does it have a crystal shape or grainy fibers?

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Identifying Minerals Lesson and Worksheet

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 Includes reading passage, questions, and answer sheet.

 

 

 

 

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