Ch 3: Rocks & Minerals Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Learning about types of rocks and minerals might not always be exciting, but you can use our supplemental lesson plans to help keep your earth science students engaged. Employ group and individual classroom and homework assignments and use video lessons to support your students' learning experience.

Rocks and Minerals Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

The lessons and lesson plans contained in this chapter are great tools you can use to supplement your existing syllabus when teaching your students about rocks and minerals. Enhance your teaching strategy with these lesson plan outlines and get your students more involved in class discussions and hands-on projects designed to help them explore topics about igneous rocks, rock cycles, sedimentary rocks, metamorphic rocks and mineral sources more in-depth.

Lesson plans offer ideas for projects, lab activities and even extended projects and assignments that will encourage classroom participation and help students better retain what they have learned about rock classifications, mineral properties and more.

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  • Vocabulary words: Lists important terms to present to your students when teaching this subject, such as the names of different types of rocks and minerals.
  • Student engagement: Presents hands-on projects and classroom discussion ideas that can support student participation and interest.
  • Learning objectives: Helps you to meet objectives relating to teaching your students about rock and mineral characteristics, categorizations and more.

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This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to making planning Rocks and Minerals lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific Rocks and Minerals topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your earth science class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the Rocks and Minerals lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important aspects of rocks and minerals from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant rocks and minerals activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

42 Lessons in Chapter 3: Rocks & Minerals Lesson Plans
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Rock Cycle Lesson Plan

1. Rock Cycle Lesson Plan

Teaching students about rocks? This lesson plan uses an engaging video to teach students about the three main types of rock and shows how matter is cycled through the Earth. Students then get down and dirty in a hands-on activity.

Rock Cycle: Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic Rocks

2. 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.

Rock Deformation & Mountain Building Activities

3. Rock Deformation & Mountain Building Activities

Teaching high school students about geology can be very exciting, but the fact that the material may be new to your students means it also comes with certain challenges. This lesson offers activities related to rock deformation and mountain building.

Sedimentary Rocks Lesson Plan

4. Sedimentary Rocks Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about sedimentary rocks. Students will watch an engaging video lesson describing sedimentary rocks, where and how they form, and how we categorize them. We include discussion questions, cooperative activities and a quiz to help learning stick.

Sedimentary Rocks: Definition, Types & Examples

5. Sedimentary Rocks: Definition, Types & Examples

How are sedimentary rocks different from other rocks? How and where do they form, and from what? You will learn everything you ever wanted to know about these rocks in this lesson.

Sedimentary Rocks Lesson Plan for Elementary School

6. Sedimentary Rocks Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach your students about sedimentary rocks with this fun and interactive lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that explains what sedimentary rocks are and how they're formed, working alongside the lesson in hands-on ways to make learning last.

Igneous Rocks Lesson Plan

7. Igneous Rocks Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to help your students learn the different types of igneous rock. Students will watch a video lesson, create a graphic organizer of different types of igneous rock, and participate in a hands-on rock sorting activity.

Classification of Igneous Rocks: Textures and Composition

8. Classification of Igneous Rocks: Textures and Composition

Igneous rocks can be classified by their texture and composition. Learn how texture is influenced by the cooling rate of magma and how different mineral compositions lead to different igneous rock classifications in this video lesson.

Metamorphic Rocks Lesson Plan

9. Metamorphic Rocks Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to introduce your students to the various processes that form metamorphic rocks. Students will watch a video lesson, create a graphic organizer, and simulate metamorphic rock formation in a hands-on activity.

Metamorphism of Rocks: Definition, Process & Influencing Factors

10. Metamorphism of Rocks: Definition, Process & Influencing Factors

Exposure to intense heat and pressure can result in the metamorphism of previously formed rocks. Learn about the factors that influence metamorphism and the metamorphic processes: recrystallization, neometamorphism and metasomatism in this lesson.

Minerals Lesson Plan

11. Minerals Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to introduce your students to the properties of minerals. Students will watch a video lesson, create a graphic organizer of the properties of minerals, and identify minerals in a hands-on activity.

Minerals: Functions & Food Sources

12. Minerals: Functions & Food Sources

Have you ever wondered the role and function that minerals play in our nutrition? Learn more about minerals and their sources and test your knowledge with a quiz.

What Are Minerals? - Types, Properties & Examples

13. 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.

Minerals Lesson Plan for Elementary School

14. Minerals Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach students about minerals with this lesson plan. Students will read a lesson explaining what minerals are as well as their properties and types before interacting with content in a hands-on lab.

Rock Cycle Activities

15. Rock Cycle Activities

Looking to make your rock cycle unit a bit more lively? This lesson contains several ideas for activities you can have your students do in the classroom. Ideas found here range from simple demonstrations to complex inquiries.

Igneous Rock Activities

16. Igneous Rock Activities

Thinking about adding a few activities to your rocks unit? You've come to the right place! This lesson includes ideas for activities that will engage students in learning about igneous rocks in fun, meaningful ways.

Sedimentary Rock Activities

17. Sedimentary Rock Activities

Looking for activities to explore sedimentary rock with your students? This lesson contains several ideas for activities that can be modified to fit the needs of your students.

Metamorphic Rock Activities

18. Metamorphic Rock Activities

Learning about geology is a great way to connect students to the world around them. This series of activities teaches students about metamorphic rocks in fun, hands-on ways that will not only educate but will also entertain.

Deposition Lesson Plan

19. Deposition Lesson Plan

What is deposition and how does it contribute to changes in land masses and world geography? This lesson plan builds upon an informative video lesson with a creative small group activity.

What is a Deposition? - Definition & Explanation

20. What is a Deposition? - Definition & Explanation

Discover the many ways deposits of rock and soil can alter landforms as big as islands, mountains, and river deltas in this lesson. You'll explore both quick and slow changes in the land around us, and learn some fascinating geologic terms along the way!

Caves Lesson Plan for Elementary School

21. Caves Lesson Plan for Elementary School

What are caves and how do they form? This lesson plan outlines key facts about caves for students before they are challenged by an activity that asks them to create model caves.

California Geology Lesson Plan

22. California Geology Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about geologic maps and the geologic history of California. They will apply this through a group map-analysis activity.

California Geology: Geologic Map & History

23. California Geology: Geologic Map & History

If you have ever visited the state of California, you noticed a variety of landscapes. The ocean, the desert, and the mountains are just a few. California's terrain is very diverse and holds a rich geologic history.

Geology Activities & Games

24. Geology Activities & Games

Geology will have your students looking at rocks and all kinds of features of the ground. To help your students learn more about geology, use these activities and games to get them started.

Geology Activities & Games for Kids

25. Geology Activities & Games for Kids

Learning about geology is fun, and these activities and games are no exception. This series of games and activities will allow students to master topics like rock formation, rock types and volcanic eruptions in an exciting, hands-on way.

Gold Mining Lesson Plan for Elementary School

26. Gold Mining Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach students all about gold mining with some assistance from this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that explains the what, where, when, and how of gold mining, then get busy with exploratory activities to make learning stick.

Gold Mining Facts: Lesson for Kids

27. Gold Mining Facts: Lesson for Kids

Have you ever held or worn gold jewelry? A gold watch, necklace, or bracelet can be quite expensive. This is because gold is a difficult mineral to find in nature. In this lesson, we will explore the different ways gold is mined.

Mineral Activities for High School

28. Mineral Activities for High School

When teaching about rocks and minerals, it's easy to let your lesson become a bit dull. To give your unit a fresh polish, try a few of the activities found in this lesson. Students will engage with minerals in meaningful, hands-on ways.

Mineral Activities for Elementary School

29. Mineral Activities for Elementary School

Want to make your minerals unit more hands-on and engaging? This lesson explains several activities, ranging from quick demos to in-depth inquiries, that can be brought into the elementary classroom.

Mineral Identification Activities

30. Mineral Identification Activities

A mineral unit without mineral identification activities sounds pretty dull, doesn't it? This lesson contains several ideas that will give your mineral unit a bit more luster by engaging students in meaningful learning activities.

Rock Art Activities

31. Rock Art Activities

Are you looking to integrate more art into your rocks and minerals unit? This lesson describes several ideas for rock art activities that are sure to stimulate students in the science classroom.

Sediment Filter Activities

32. Sediment Filter Activities

Learning about sediments with your students? This lesson contains several ideas about how to explore sediments using sediment filters. Both prefabricated and do-it-yourself filters will be discussed.

Mineral Uses Lesson Plan

33. Mineral Uses Lesson Plan

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.

Crystals Lesson Plan

34. Crystals Lesson Plan

With your guidance and this lesson plan, students will learn about the different types of crystals, their bonds, and structures. They will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity, and take a quiz.

Borax Crystal Lesson Plan

35. Borax Crystal Lesson Plan

Learning about crystals is a fun way to learn about different types of solutions. This lesson plan explores crystal making and then allows students to design and conduct their own experiments.

Crystals Lesson Plan for Elementary School

36. Crystals Lesson Plan for Elementary School

This lesson plan is a tool for helping teachers instruct elementary students on crystals. Students will explain how crystals are formed and classify crystals.

Rocks & Minerals Lesson Plan

37. Rocks & Minerals Lesson Plan

Teachers should use these lesson plans to teach students about rocks and minerals. Students will understand the differences between rocks and minerals and the classification system that scientists use for each.

Processing & Impact of Minerals Lesson Plan

38. Processing & Impact of Minerals Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is designed to help teachers teach their students about the environmental impact of mining. Students will use content-specific vocabulary terms to describe various types of mining and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

If You Find a Rock Lesson Plan

39. If You Find a Rock Lesson Plan

There are lots of different kinds of rocks. In this lesson plan, students will read the book, ~'If You Find a Rock~' by Peggy Christian and learn about different properties of (and uses for) rocks.

Rocks and Minerals Project Ideas

40. Rocks and Minerals Project Ideas

Most students have some experience with rocks and minerals, but may not have considered variations in traits or how different types of rocks were formed. These projects engage students in collaborative demonstrations of learning.

Rocks And Minerals Unit Plan

41. Rocks And Minerals Unit Plan

Access this helpful unit plan as it offers hands-on activities and projects to educate your high schoolers about rocks and minerals. You'll be able to help students learn how to communicate, cooperate, and be creative with this topic.

Coal Mining Activities for Students

42. Coal Mining Activities for Students

Coal mining is a controversial subject with a long history of both progress and disaster. Use these activities to engage your middle or high school students and help them understand the complexities of the coal mining world.

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