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6th Grade Science / Lesson 1 - Minerals

What will we be learning today?

  • In this lesson, we are going to learn about minerals and the characteristics of minerals.

Can you name any minerals?

Some commonly known minerals are:

  • Diamonds

  • Gold

  • Silver

  • Graphite or "lead" in pencils

  • Rock Salt to melt ice or snow

  • Salt you put on your food

  • Cooper

Minerals are identified by characteristics:

  • Minerals are not living.

  • Minerals are formed in nature, not made in a laboratory.

More characteristics of Minerals:

  • Minerals are solids, with definite volume and shape (not a gas or liquid).

  • Crystal structure, particles of a mineral that line up in a pattern that repeat over and over again.

Uses for minerals

  • Make musical instruments

  • Make electrical wire

  • Make jewelry

  Are only some uses for minerals