Posts Tagged ‘Gems and Minerals’

For the second class of Rocks, Gems, and Minerals we do not need students to bring in anything to exchange, though they may bring in minerals and gems that they would like to share. Please be sure that they bring anything to share in clearly labeled containers with names on them so that there is no confusion.



  • Rock
  • Mineral
  • Gem
  • Mineralogy
  • Luster
  • Specific gravity
  • Crystal form
  • Cleavage
  • Fracture
  • Tenacity
  • Hardness
  • Transparency
  • Friable
  • Lapidary
  • Gemologist
  • Carat

Resources for Everyone (5-12 yr.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8a7p1NFn64s this video (10:21) is a great introduction to the properties of minerals.

http://geopubs.wr.usgs.gov/open-file/of00-144/ download the poster “Minerals in our Environment” from the USGS and learn about how we use minerals in our everyday lives.

http://www.mnh.si.edu/earth/text/2_0_0.html check out the gems and minerals page from the Smithsonian. Click around to the different links.

http://www.minerals.net/ a neat guide to gems and minerals.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqbiXx4KOcQ a catchy song about rocks, gems, and minerals (old school).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-bw7_u3gSQ here’s a short video about testing the hardness of minerals (1:19) it’s not professionally done but a good reference.

8-12 yr. olds

http://www.mineralogy4kids.org/ here’s a good overview site of “Mineralogy for Kids,” again, it’s a bit texty but interesting.

http://core.ecu.edu/geology/woods/MineralPropertiesExplain.htm this page had a lot of text, but the content is good. It’s best for older kids but a good start.


http://facweb.bhc.edu/academics/science/harwoodr/geol101/labs/minerals/ this page is for advanced students, but a great resource. It would probably be best for high schoolers, but the identification quiz is great.

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