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Rocks and minerals

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This was created to meet the curriculum outcomes in New Brunswick's Grade 6 Science Space unit.

This was created to meet the curriculum outcomes in New Brunswick's Grade 6 Science Space unit.

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  • 1. The Earth’s Crust Rocks and Minerals
  • 2. Rocks and Minerals
    • With a partner, examine the rock (granite) that you were given at the start of class.
    • How many different colours can you see?
    • List the different colours you see.
  • 3. Rocks
    • Rock – a natural material made up of 2 or more minerals
    • e.g. – granite or conglomerate
  • 4. Minerals
    • Mineral – a pure, naturally occurring, non living, solid
    • e.g. – mica, quartz, hornblende, feldspar
  • 5.
    • Minerals are made of elements or mixtures of elements
    • Elements - pure substances – gold, silver, copper, zinc, etc.
    • (e.g. quartz is a mixture of silicon and oxygen)
  • 6.
    • There are over 3000 different kinds of minerals
    • (and each one has its own unique set of properties).
    • We can use these differences to help identify them.