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.
✅ 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
☀ 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
Suggested rock and mineral samples: basalt, gabbro, granite, quartzite, sandstone, gneiss, schist , siltstone, rhyolite, quartz, feldspar, mica
Collect materials, order rock samples
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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