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Topaz is a silicate mineral that can be many different colors.
Talc is a metamorphic mineral from the silicate family.
Muscovite is a member of the mica mineral group. It is more important as a rock-forming mineral than as a collectible specimen.
Malachite is a copper carbonate mineral. It is a vibrant green color often banded with light and dark greens.
Igneous rock formation can happen when Metamorphic rocks are remelted.
Fluorite is a halide mineral that is soft and usually colorless but can be blue, purple, green, brown, or yellow.
In this lesson plan, students will be introduced to the concept of an element. They will work with the idea that all the millions of substances on the earth are combinations of only a few elements.