Identification of Minerals... There Has to Be a Better Way

by: Diane Allison

"You Be the Geologist" is an adaptation of the traditional, teacher-centered method of mineral identification. This activity requires students to mimic the work of a geologist attempting to identify unknown mineral samples. To do this, students work cooperatively with a partner to decide the best way to identify each mineral sample. The lab also applies to the National Science Education Standards for Earth Science and Science as Inquiry.


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 10/1/2005Stock # ss05_029_02_24Volume 029Issue 02

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