It is aimed at getting students in lower grades, particularly grade 4 to utilize basic scientific approaches to studying rocks and minerals, all while being very hands on and keeping attention and interest high.
It is a great and fun way to learn about minerals and rocks, geology, and also use scientific method to handle challenges.
What you can do for students is to gather up a few simple items that are not hard to find.
This includes: Sand, quarried stone, gravel, concrete pieces, salt, aluminum, and clay.
Rocks and Minerals Lesson Plans Once the students have handled the items you invite them to discuss the uses of these items.
Of course, there are many uses such as structure for buildings and roads.
Aluminum is used for soft drink containers, building materials, garbage cans and so on.
Furthermore, humans consume minerals every day in the diet such as boron, calcium, copper, chromium, iron, iodine (which is added to common table salt to combat goiters), magnesium which is critical for neuromuscular activity, potassium, phosphorus, selenium, zinc, and others.
Clay, of course, has a very important ornamental use and this dates back long ago in history.
In addition to being used for art, it is also used in bricks and cat litter.
After analyzing the uses of various rocks and minerals, you can shift the focus to the environment and how we get these everyday products to people for use.
The mining, extraction, and refining processes have many impacts on the environment, society, and the global and local economies.
Discuss both the pros and cons to these impacts.
Learning the difference between rocks and minerals Another important area for a rocks and minerals grade 4 module is to understand the basic fundamentals of rocks and minerals.
In short, minerals are a single atom or compound, but minerals are a combination of minerals.
You can also discuss the differences between the three types of rocks - igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks - and how they are interrelated.
In conclusion, the most important thing is to focus on the basics and let the students see, feel, interact, and discuss the characteristics, uses, and impacts that rocks and minerals have in all areas.
Utilizing the various teaching methods will insure that maximal teaching is being reached and all learning styles are accommodated.