Be a Mineral Detective Student Laboratory Kit for Earth science provides eight unknown mineral “suspects” and challenges you to identify each mineral by name. “Detectives” investigate.
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Given eight mineral unknown “suspects,” students are challenged to identify each mineral by name. Student “detectives” gather evidence about the eight unknown mineral specimens by performing numerous laboratory tests, including observation, light interaction, streak, mineral hardness, cleavage, smell, ice and solubility. Students then use the “clues” and properties gathered to identify each mineral by name. Reproducible student laboratory sheets and teacher notes with sample data are included. Kit contains 15 sets of mineral testing chips, 1 large teacher display set of each mineral, 15 Observation and Evidence 11" x 17" data tables and all the specialized materials needed to perform this lab.
Complete for 30 students working in pairs. Extra halite and calcite testing chips are available separately as these are the minerals that will dissolve in the solubility tests.
Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Science & Engineering Practices
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Constructing explanations and designing solutions
Disciplinary Core Ideas
MS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
MS-ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems
MS-ESS3.A: Natural Resources
MS-ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems
Structure and function
Stability and change
MS-PS1-2: Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.
MS-PS1-5: Develop and use a model to describe how the total number of atoms does not change in a chemical reaction and thus mass is conserved.
HS-PS1-2: Construct and revise an explanation for the outcome of a simple chemical reaction based on the outermost electron states of atoms, trends in the periodic table, and knowledge of the patterns of chemical properties.
HS-PS1-7: Use mathematical representations to support the claim that atoms, and therefore mass, are conserved during a chemical reaction.