Rocks and Minerals

Students will become geologists as they discover the characteristic properties scientists use to identify minerals. Through observations and comparisons of mineral samples, they will learn how properties such as color, shape, hardness, reflectivity, and density are not only used to distinguish minerals but also determine how minerals are used in our everyday lives.

Times: 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm
Number of Students: 50 maximum
Length: One hour
Fee: $10.00 per student ($250 minimum per program) includes museum admission. One chaperone per five students free; $10.00 per additional adult chaperone.

Strongly supports standard: 5-PS1-3

Please note: One chaperone per five students is required for grades K–8.

See also: Grades 3-5

Related Museum Resources

Gallery Games

Grades 1-6

How many things can you notice? Try out your looking and memory skills.  These activities will help your group look at objects in the museum more closely and have fun with the exhibits. Work in small groups with an adult facilitating. 

Geologic Hints for Teachers

Grades 3-8

Use these suggestions to get the most out of the timeline.

Geologic Time Scale

Grades 3-8
This time scale can be printed at various sizes for use while exploring museum exhibits or display in the classroom.

Mineral Hall Activities Hint for Teachers

Grades 2-5

Use these hints to make the most out of the Mineral Hall Activities, both in the museum and in your classroom.

Student Investigation

Grades 2-5

This activity challenges students to look closely at a mineral of their choosing. By examining the range of samples represented in the museum’s collection, the students discover what geologic properties make their mineral unique.