Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines Properties of Minerals - Section 2: Characteristics of Minerals


I want my students to write. Often. So, as part of the routine and structure of my class, my students use a Science Journal (Notebook).The journal is an important component to the structure of my class because:

A journal provides a place for student to write their thoughts, ideas, questions, notes or even draw pictures to record their observations. It's all in one place. Not lost in the folder or locker.

A journal is a safe place to keep information. It is safe because students always know where to find the journal and the information. It is also safe because I build a classroom of trust. Students are not judged negatively on their thoughts, questions, or drawings. All students can write, and they do.

A journal builds a sense of "science." Students fell very "scientific" when they use their journal. They feel engaged in the learning and part of the process. A journal helps them to feel like a "real scientist." That's powerful!

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Properties of Minerals

Unit 7: Rocks & Minerals
Lesson 1 of 8

Objective: SWBAT describe the main characteristics of minerals; use a microscope to draw and explain the characteristics of crystals.

Big Idea: Every mineral has unique characteristics. Understanding these characteristics helps students to better understand the world around them.

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Science, Rock Cycle, characteristic, property, trait, minerals, rocks
  40 minutes
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