Earth Science

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Rocks & Minerals (under construction 1.25.15)

  • Rocks, Gems, and Minerals Guide” – I have a classroom set of these and recommend them since they are inexpensive, have a great deal of information, and are age appropriate. I have other guides in my classroom as well that are more detailed to use as additional reference guides
  • The Sterling Hill Mining Museum – a former mine turned into a museum, they have an amazing collection of minerals and a wonderful place to visit!
  •’s Mineral Page has tons of information and images of minerals (link)
  • Mineralogy 4 Kids website (link)
  • Minerals Vocab cut & paste (pdf)
  • What is a mineral? Students will learn the characteristics of minerals and then classify items as either minerals or non-minerals – Notes (pdf) & slides (ppt) & mineral identification reference notes (pdf)
  • Minerals in your home worksheet (pdf) and updated website (link)
  • Crystal Shapes/Systems information (link)
  • Graphic Organizers for types of minerals and slides (ppt)
    • Silicate Minerals handout (pdf) 
    • Non-silicate Minerals handout (pdf)
  • Moh’s Hardness Scale handout (pdf)


Plate Tectonics




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