Eight Basic Elements of the Earth
In this lesson, 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 various combinations of only 8 elements. Students will work with the Periodic Table of the Elements and symbols of the elements. Additionally, students will present their data in the form of both bar and circle graphs.
Rocks and Minerals Lesson Plans Rock vs. Mineral – Lesson 1
Students use words to describe visual, textural, and other physical qualities of sample rock specimens. Using compare and contrast skills, students will sort and classify the specimens according to their assessments of the qualities present in each. Students will use simple symbols to create a Venn diagram for classification.
Rocks and Minerals Lesson Plans Rock vs. Mineral – Lesson 2
Students continue their visual assessment to distinguish between those rocks that appear to be made of one substance, vs. those that appear to have more than one. This leads to the distinctions that indicate the different types of rocks: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. Students come to the label for each type of rock only after they have worked with the specimens and determined the various qualities.
Rock Cycle Lesson Plan Learn that rock is recyclable and the processes involved in rock recycling. Become familiar with the names of the different types of rock and work with a model of the cycle to learn the basic elements.