8th Grade Standard III-Objective 1 Compare Rocks and Minerals

Standard III: Students will understand the processes of rock and fossil formation.
Objective 1: 
Compare rocks and minerals and describe how they are related.
a. Recognize that rocks are composed of minerals.
b. Observe and describe the minerals found in rocks (e.g., shape, color, luster, texture, hardness).
c. Categorize rock samples as sedimentary, metamorphic, or igneous. 

Enduring Understanding: Rocks are made of minerals. Minerals can be described and named by their properties of luster, streak, hardness, breakage pattern and crystal shape. Rocks can be identified by looking at clues to their formation such as texture, color, presence of banding and mineral content. Rocks are classified as igneous, metamorphic or sedimentary. Fossils are formed from the remains of living organisms.

“I Can” Statements

  1. I can describe what rocks are made from.
  2. I can use and describe three tests to identify a mineral.
  3. I can compare and contrast sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks.
  4. I can model the steps of fossil formation.

Assessment
Multiple Choice/Essay
Performance TestUsing a Key to Identify Rocks

Curriculum Map …… Pacing Guide

Learning Plan

Learning Activity
Technology
Application Lab
Inquiry Lab
Discussion
Audio-Visual
Reading/ Writing
Students Teach
Demonstration
8th grade Core Tracker
Mineral Lab
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Growing Mineral Crystals
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List Group Label Minerals
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Rock Trading Card
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Rock Board Game
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Mineral Card
Making a Sedimentary Rock
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Virtual Mineral Collection
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What are Rocks Made of?
Mineral Book
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