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Mineral Detective

from Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

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Become a mineral specialist by identifying characteristics like hardness and streak. Students will discover the many uses and purposes of the Earth's geological wonders while getting to touch and test real mineral specimens. We can present this program to traditional and hybrid classrooms.

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About This Program


By Request: $175.00

$25.00 of the $175.00 covers the cost of the shipping. If multiple programs are scheduled at the same shipping address with dates close together (for example during the same month). you will only be charged $175 for one program and $150 for the rest.

Note: International shipping is a $30 fee. Please schedule a month in advance for shipping outside of the U.S.


45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Parent, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)
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For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 48 hours notice.

We will not charge for programs cancelled to snow days or school emergencies.

About This Provider

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Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Dayton, OH
United States

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery and our sister site Sunwatch Archaeological Park provide 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.

Casandra Melke

Program Details


1. The program will begin with a live demonstration of the rock cycle
2. We will identify the difference between rocks and minerals
3. Students will test up to five different minerals using the mohs hardness scale.
4. We will check our results and discuss everyday uses for each mineral.


Program Objectives:
Students will:
Explain the rock cycle.
Identify the importance of rocks and minerals.
Engage in activities to test for various minerals.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

K-4 Earth and Space Sciences
Properties of earth materials
K-4 Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
Types of resources
Changes in environments

5-8 Earth and Space Sciences
Earth and Space Science
Structure of the earth system
Earth's history

State Standards

NS.K-4 Earth and Space Sciences
D. Identify that the lithosphere contains rocks and minerals and that minerals make up rocks. Describe how rocks and minerals are formed and/or classified.
1. Describe the rock cycle and explain that there are sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks that have distinct properties (e.g., color, texture) and are formed in different ways.
2. Explain that rocks are made of one or more minerals.
3. Identify minerals by their characteristic properties.