This app introduces students and teachers to Earth’s minerals in an interactive guide that illustrates mineral identification techniques. Topics explored in this app include: what minerals are and how they are different than rocks; how does atomic structure influence the formation of minerals; how and where minerals are formed; how the various types of minerals are grouped; and which properties of minerals can be used to identify an unknown mineral sample.
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By viewing HD videos that demonstrate actual mineral identification techniques, the student will learn to identify, name and classify minerals just like a geologist does in the field. The app also includes practice mineral identification activities and a searchable database of more than 50 common minerals.
The app may be used to supplement your geology curriculum or can be used to support a complete lesson on minerals and mineral identification.
Features of the app include:
• hundreds of zoomable high resolution photos of minerals by Dennis Tasa;
• HD videos that demonstrate actual mineral identification techniques;
• an intuitive navigation style: swipe, drop-down menu, thumbnail gallery;
• a drop-down menu with audio controls, access to a glossary and the table of contents;
• narration that can be turned off/on;
• interactive quizzes that are scored with quiz results that can be copied, printed, or shared;
• essay questions that encourage critical thinking.
• a searchable database of more than 50 common minerals;
• a multi-step mineral identification investigation of an actual unknown mineral sample.
• completely self contained, no internet required.
Table of Contents:
• Why Minerals are Important
• Minerals and Rocks
• Elements and Atoms
• How Minerals Form
• Properties of Minerals
• Classifying Minerals
• Mineral Identification
• Common Minerals (Database)
Grade levels: 7-13.
Correlates to Next Generation Science Standards:
ESS2.A: Earth Materials and Systems
ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes
ESS3.A: Natural Resources
PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
Supports Common Core Literacy in Science Standards: