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Rocks and Crystals: Grow Mineral Salt Crystals and Study their Shapes

Grow a variety of crystals and study their angles. This lays the groundwork for understanding the formation of rocks which are made of minerals. The salts in this activity each have different crystal habits and are easily distinguishable one from the other. This is a perfect introduction for grade 2 and 3 Rocks and Minerals study.


What's Included:

✅ Task Card instructions

✅ Student Sheet for capturing observations

✅ Answer Key to Student Sheet

✅ Student Reading with Questions

✅ Answer key to Student Reading questions.

✅ Teacher Notes with prep, set up, and explanations.


This Resource Is Great For:

❑ Whole class activity

❑ Group work

❑ Science Center, Science Stations


Topics & Concepts Addressed:

✦ Salts grow into crystals

✦ Each salt has certain shapes and not others

✦ Small and large crystals of the same salt are the same shape


Materials Needed

Common salts: table, Epsom, Alum, and Copper Sulphate, hot water, clear plastic plates, cups, craft sticks, hot water, trays (optional)


Preparation Needed

collect materials

Rocks and Crystals: Grow Mineral Salt Crystals and Study their Shapes


    Answer Keys and Teacher Notes address most questions and issues that might arise in this study—you shouldn’t have to do any outside research unless you want to.

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