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What’s My Mineral? Game for Earth science and geology makes learning about the properties of minerals fun. Discover mystery minerals.

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Learning about the properties of minerals is fun with this educational game. Playing in pairs, each student is challenged to identify the mystery mineral of an opponent, who is of course trying to do the same! The first student to discover the opponent’s mystery mineral by careful deductive reasoning is the winner. Sets of 24 playing cards display full-color photos of a different common mineral on each card.

Complete with valuable Teacher Notes, instructions for playing the game and a reproducible student worksheet.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Obtaining, evaluation, and communicating information
Analyzing and interpreting data
Developing and using models

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
MS-ESS2.A: Earth’s Materials and Systems
MS-ESS3.A: Natural Resources
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-ESS1.C: The History of Planet Earth
HS-ESS2.A: Earth’s Materials and Systems

Crosscutting Concepts

Patterns
Structure and function
Systems and system models

Performance Expectations

MS-ESS2-1. Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.
MS-ESS3-1. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth’s mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are the result of past and current geoscience processes.
HS-ESS2-3. Develop a model based on evidence of Earth’s interior to describe the cycling of matter by thermal convection.
HS-ESS3-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.