Different minerals have different crystal habits that can be seen when studying them. Kids use pattern blocks to see how each block shape can make some angles but not others. Crystals are the shape they are because of their angles, and the angles depend on the way their atoms are arranged.
✅ Task Card instructions
✅ Student Sheets for capturing observations
✅ Answer Keys to Student Sheets
✅ 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:
✦ The building blocks of crystals make some angles but not others
✦ Each crystal has specific angles
Pattern blocks including: rhombuses, triangles, parallelograms, trapezoids, and squares
collect materials, order pattern blocks
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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