Lesson Plan

Take it for Granite

Students will find evidence of minerals in a piece of granite
Anna P.
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My Grades 4
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
Objectives

Students will be able to...

Observe and review properties of rocks and minerals.

Organize a set of samples by sorting rocks and minerals.

Analyze a granite sample to determine which minerals are present.

Communicate evidence of the minerals in granite. 

Subjects
Science
Grades 4
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1 Hook

Activity: Exploring

The teacher will explain that today the students will become geologists and take all of their knowledge of rocks and minerals and testing different properties and investigate what minerals make up the rock granite. First students will watch a 7 minute video about granite in nature to get an understanding of it. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5RQp77uVPA

 

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Presenting

The teacher will explain the challenge:

Students will get a set of 5 minerals and 1 rock.

Their first job is to find which one is the rock (students will base this off of their knowledge that a rock is made up of many different minerals). 

Students will then observe the minerals and determine their physical properties. Students will record their information on their "Granite Identification Sheet" which they will access on Schoology and open in Notability.

Students will use what they know about testing minerals to determine which minerals are a part of granite. 

 

3 Guided Practice

Students will complete their experiment with their groups: 

Students will get a set of 5 minerals and 1 rock. 

Their first job is to find which one is the rock (students will base this off of their knowledge that a rock is made up of many different minerals). 

Students will then observe the minerals and determine their physical properties. Students will record their information on their "Granite Identification Sheet" which they will access on Schoology and open in Notability.

Students will use what they know about testing minerals to determine which minerals are a part of granite (They should want to use hand lenses to observe properties, conduct a hardness test, and ask to conduct a bubble test to check for calcite, if they do not the teacher will guide them to these ideas). 

Once they decide which minerals are included in their sample of granite, they will add their answer to the Schoology discussion titled "What Minerals Are Present?" and they will explain how they determined each one that was present. 

Each student in the group will take pictures of every step of the process for use during their independent practice

4 Independent Practice

Book Creator
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After students finish their experiment with their group, they will be putting their information into a book. Students will individually create a book in Book Creator for iPad (or other book createor app) that will serve as their assessment of understanding the process of finding which minerals are present in calcite. Students will access the directions, they are also listed below.

Directions for Granite Book:

Independently you will create a book about finding the minerals present in granite.

Open Book Creator and start a new book.

Cover: Includes a title and author name

Pages: One page per test that you did, include pictures of your experiments, include words that explain what you did, one page that gives your end results.

Export the book as a PDF and email it to your teacher.

You will be assessed on the following:

Neatness:

4- The book is neatly created and easy to follow the order of experiments.

3- The book is created and you can follow the order of experiments.

2- The book is roughly created and it is a little hard to follow the order of experiments..

1- The book is roughly created and it is hard to follow the order of experiments.

Explanation of Experiments:

4- All experiments were included and explained clearly.

3- All experiments were included and explained.

2- Most experiments were included and explained.

1- Some experiments were included and explained.

 

5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Other — Researching

Students will research uses of granite and list at least three uses they can think of for granite in every day life. Some students will go further and explain places they have seen granite used. Students will list their findings in the Schoology discussion forum titled "How is Granite Used?"