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Ch 22.2 Minerals

Ch 22.2 Minerals

Author: deirdre carney
  • Distinguish between rocks and minerals
  • Explain several properties used to identify minerals

Nevada Science Standards

E.8.C.6 Students know minerals have different properties and different distributions according to how they form. E/S

Next Generation Science Standards

HS-ESS1-6. Apply scientific reasoning and evidence from ancient Earth materials, meteorites, and other planetary surfaces to construct an account of Earth’s formation and early history.


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Video Clip: Mineral Identification


Chapter 22.2 Minerals

Read Chapter 22.2 pg 664-669. Outline the reading in your Science Notebook & include major points and diagrams/tables.
You should focus on the following essential questions:

-What is a mineral
-What are some important properties of minerals


Source: Prentice Hall Physical Science - Concepts in Action

Video Clip: Minerals

What are minerals? A short overview of the definition of minerals and some characteristics that are used to identify minerals in the field.

Properties of Common Materials worksheet

Use the attached chart to answer along with your knowledge of minerals to answer the questions. Print a copy of the form, complete and turn in for credit.


Identifying Minerals

Use the Mineral identification sheet to identify the mineral samples. See below for websites to research information about your minerals:

Mineral Websites

1. Nasa Windows to the Universe - Earth

2. Geology. Com

3. Rocks and Minerals for u

4. Uses for minerals

5. Minerals Database