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Rocks and Minerals: Study Luster and Density in Rocks and Minerals 3 Labs

This collection of three labs has kids acting as geologist. In one lab they'll study a variety of rocks and connect them to the the minerals in their makeup. In the next, they'll see which, if any, rocks float. And in the final lab they'll test sulfur for its smell and halite for its taste. 


What's Included:

✅ 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


Questions Answered:

☀ How can rocks be identified by smell?
☀ What minerals can be identified as part of various rocks?
☀ Which rock(s) can float?


Topics & Concepts Addressed:

✦ Minerals can retain their sparkle when they become part of rocks
✦ Only one rock can float.
✦ Sulfur has a distinctive smell


Materials Needed

Suggested rock and mineral samples: basalt, gabbro, granite, quartzite, sandstone, gneiss, schist , siltstone, rhyolite, quartz, feldspar, mica


Preparation Needed

Collect materials, order rock samples

Rocks and Minerals: Study Luster and Density in Rocks and Minerals 3 Labs


    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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