INTRODUCTION TO ROCKS AND MINERALS

Number: I.K.004
Levels: Middle and Upper Elementary
Check-out time: 2 weeks

Description:

This kit contains ten student boxes and one teacher box. The student boxes each contain seven minerals, four igneous rocks, five sedimentary rocks and five metamorphic rocks. The same samples are included in the teacher box. The teacher box also contains a magnet for identifying lodestone, satin spar calcite for observing double refraction, and Moh's Hardness Scale Collection for determining the hardness of the minerals. Dilute hydrochloric acid is enclosed for identifying calcite, limestone and marble. The acid should be used under close supervision. In order to avoid confusion, the minerals, igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks and metamorphic rocks should be used in different sessions. Reference materials and suggested activities are included in the kit.

Contents:

Teacher guide with reference materials and suggested activities
Ten student kits
One teacher kit
Dispensing bottle with dilute hydrochloric acid
Streak plates
Moh's Hardness Scale collection
Magnet

Notes: This kit is most effective if students have some prior understanding of minerals and igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.