Rocks & Minerals: It's NOT "Hard" Science!

by  Cleveland Museum of Natural History

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Are you losing your marbles when it comes to getting 'sedimentary' students interested in the rocks beneath their feet? Don’t 'sulphur' alone…we’ll help you dig up an avalanche of appreciation for the original 'hard' sciences…this overview of geology and mineralogy basics will whet your students’ 'apatite' for Earth Sciences with plenty of hands-on experiments and real specimens from our collections. Is studying rocks fun? Of 'quartz' it is!

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1 hour needed to complete all planned activities, grades 3-8

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Minimum participants:

No minimum required.

Maximum participants:

We suggest 30 or less for maximum participation.

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Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Cleveland, OH
United States

Our Mission Statement: To inspire, through science and education, a passion for nature, the protection of natural diversity, the fostering of health, and leadership to a sustainable future.
CMNH programs address appropriate Revised Ohio Academic Content Standards in Science and Social Studies, and the National Health Education Standards.

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Program Details


1. The Rock Cycle is explained, and students are asked to spot objects in their classroom that might be made of rock.
2. Specimens are shown representing the stages of the rock cycle.
3. Minerals are described as the 'ingredients' of rocks; students are asked to spot objects in their classroom that might be made of minerals.
4. Questions are taken throughout the lesson.


Students will--
• Define the difference between a rock and a mineral
• Describe the three rock groups, how they were formed, and give an example of each
• List at least three uses of rocks and minerals
• Compare distinct properties of rocks such as texture and color
• Identify rock types based on recorded observations
• Identify minerals by their characteristic properties

Standards Alignment

National Standards

See Ohio Academic Content Standards below.

State Standards

Grade 3 Science: Earth and Space Science-Earth’s Resources

•Earth’s nonliving resources have specific properties
Grade 4 Science: Earth and Space Science-Earth’s Surface
•Earth’s surface has specific characteristics and landforms that can be identified.
•The surface of Earth changes due to weathering.
•The surface of Earth changes due to erosion and deposition.
Grade 6 Science: Earth and Space Science-Rocks, Minerals and Soil
•Minerals have specific, quantifiable properties.
•Igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks have unique characteristics that can be used for
identification and/or classification.
•Igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks form in different ways.
•Rocks, minerals and soils have common and practical uses.
Grade 8 Science: Earth and Space Science-Physical Earth
•A combination of constructive and destructive geologic processes formed Earth’s surface.
•Evidence of the dynamic changes of Earth’s surface through time is found in the geologic record.