Mineral Detective

by  Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

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Become a mineral detective by using characteristics like hardness and streak color to identify different minerals. Students will discover the many uses and purposes of the Earth's geological wonders while getting to touch and test real mineral specimens.

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About This Program


By Request: $175.00

Program cost includes price of shipping materials.


45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Problem Solving, Sciences, STEM Geology

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Booking Information

Program times are offered between 8:00 am EST and 5:00 pm EST. Please contact if you wish for an earlier or later start time. Please request program(s) four weeks in advance to ensure shipment of materials. If shipping outside the continental US, please allow eight weeks.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

-Cancellations must be received no less than 48 hours before your program date.
-Cancellations received less than 48 hours will result in a charge for the full payment of the program.
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About This Provider

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Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Dayton, Ohio
United States

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery provides interactive science and cultural learning experiences which enrich the lives of children and adults, enhance the quality of life in our community, and promote a broad understanding of the world.

The Boonshoft Museum houses an AZA accredited zoo, a family science center, over one million items in natural history and geology collections, and a planetarium.

Chelsea Holmes

Program Details


1. The program will begin with a live demonstration of the rock cycle.
2. Presenter will discuss the difference between rocks and minerals.
3. Students will test 4 different rocks and minerals to determine what they are.
4. Presenter will check their results and discuss everyday uses for each mineral.
5. Time is allowed for questions and answers.


The students will be able to:
1. explain the rock cycle and the 3 kinds of rocks.
2. use real geologists' tests to identify 4 kinds of rocks and minerals.
3. understand the importance and uses of different rocks and minerals.

Standards Alignment

State Standards

All of our lesson plans are written in accordance with Ohio State Academic Standards.
3.ESS.1, 4.ESS.2, 4.ESS.3, 4.LS.2, 6.ESS.1, 6.ESS.2, 6.ESS.3, 6.ESS.4, 6.ESS.5