Mineral Uses Lesson Plan

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

This lesson plan is designed to introduce students to various uses of common minerals. Students will read a text lesson, create a graphic organizer, discuss information they have learned, and write creatively about common mineral uses.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • name and describe several common minerals.
  • identify the uses of several common minerals.


60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics.


Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.


  • Start the lesson by asking students what they already know about minerals. Ask them what they think about when they hear the phrase ''vitamins and minerals.'' What uses of minerals do they already know about (or think they know about).
  • Distribute the text lesson Common Minerals & Their Uses. Have students read the introduction and each of the sections. As they read, have them create and fill in a graphic organizer that looks like the following table. This will come in handy later when they write their Everyday Minerals Narratives.

Mineral Common Uses
  • When students are finished reading and have completed their graphic organizers, hold a brief whole-class discussion about each mineral. As you discuss each mineral with the class, fill in the chart you presented to the class. This will help students fill in any blanks they may have.

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