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Ch 77: MTEL Middle School Math/Science: Rocks, Minerals & Soil

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Brush up on your knowledge of rocks, minerals and soil by watching the engaging lessons in this chapter. In no time, you will have the information needed to tackle related questions on the MTEL Mathematics/Science (Middle School) assessment.

MTEL Middle School Math/Science: Rocks, Minerals & Soil - Chapter Summary

This chapter can help you get reacquainted with science concepts you haven't explored in awhile. Review rock, mineral and soil topics to ensure you're able to address the following on the MTEL assessment:

  • Understanding how to read topographic and geologic maps
  • Defining and differentiating between rocks and minerals
  • Examining how the three main types of rocks are formed and cycled through the earth
  • Discussing the three major rock groups
  • Analyzing the formation and composition of soil
  • Identifying types and properties of minerals

The lessons are brief, averaging 10 minutes apiece. Accessing these short videos can help you condense weeks of materials into manageable lessons you can use to make studying more efficient and effective.

MTEL Middle School Math/Science: Rocks, Minerals & Soil Chapter Objectives

This MTEL Middle School Math/Science: Rocks, Minerals & Soil chapter provides you with topics that are covered in the earth and space science subarea of the test. This subarea constitutes about 8% of the total test and is in the multiple-choice section. You can make the process of studying for the test easy by examining lessons in their video and transcript formats. After exploring rocks, minerals and soil, test your comprehension with short quizzes and a practice exam.

The assessment consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and two open-response assignments. It lasts for four hours with an additional 15 minutes dedicated to a computer-based test (CBT) tutorial and nondisclosure agreement. Passing with a minimum score of 240 can get you the licensure needed to teach mathematics and science to middle school students in Massachusetts.

6 Lessons in Chapter 77: MTEL Middle School Math/Science: Rocks, Minerals & Soil
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How to Read Topographic and Geologic Maps

1. How to Read Topographic and Geologic Maps

This lesson explains the main features of topographic maps, including contour lines, index contours and contour intervals. It will also cover two rules that all contours follow and discuss geologic maps and the information they contain.

Rocks and Minerals: Definitions and Differences

2. Rocks and Minerals: Definitions and Differences

Can you tell the difference between a rock and a mineral? What makes a mineral so much different from a rock? Explore these questions in depth, and learn how we classify rocks and minerals.

Rock Cycle: Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic Rocks

3. Rock Cycle: Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic Rocks

In this lesson, we will discuss the three main types of rocks and how they are formed. The lesson also gives an introduction into how matter locked in rocks can be cycled through the earth.

Types of Rocks: The Three Major Rock Groups

4. Types of Rocks: The Three Major Rock Groups

Did you know that lava is molten rock that reaches the earth's surface? Furthermore, did you know that rocks exist in three general forms: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic? This lesson describes these rock types and examples of each.

The Formation and Composition of Soil: Definition and Factors

5. The Formation and Composition of Soil: Definition and Factors

In this video lesson you will learn how soil is formed and what it is made of. You will also learn about how soil is classified and distributed in layers underground.

What Are Minerals? - Types, Properties & Examples

6. What Are Minerals? - Types, Properties & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about minerals and their properties. You will also understand the importance and everyday use of different types of minerals found on Earth.

Chapter Practice Exam
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