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Formation and Identification of Minerals: Student Laboratory Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

In the Formation and Identification of Minerals Laboratory Kit for Earth science and geology, identify a variety of minerals and measure the specific gravity of the minerals to aid the identification process.

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What are minerals? How are they formed? Students identify a variety of common and useful minerals based on their physical properties, including color, luster, hardness, cleavage and streak. They then measure the specific gravity of the minerals to aid in the identification process. Finally, students grow their own beautiful mineral crystals to understand how and why crystals form beneath the Earths surface. Includes 28 impressive mineral specimens, student worksheets and all other materials for 28 students working in pairs.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Asking questions and defining problems
Analyzing and interpreting data
Planning and carrying out investigations
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Engaging in argument from evidence

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-ESS2.A: Earth’s Materials and Systems
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-ESS2.A: Earth’s Materials and Systems

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Scale, proportion, and quantity

Performance Expectations

MS-PS1-1: Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures.