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Level 1 Identifying Minerals

3rd - 6th Grade Students

Our Level 1 textbook on identifying minerals teaches how to use the properties of minerals to identify a mineral students have collected. The book is designed to be completed in one month by students who finish three lessons per week. Each lesson contains information, quiz and a hands-on activity.

Our DVD that comes with our complete kit contains video lessons taught by the author. The author introduces each lesson and gives additional background information on the topic of the lesson. The additional information is not covered in the textbook.

All our Minerals lesson plans in the textbook contains a hands-on activity. The activities are designed to be fun and usually simple to do. They also increase students understanding of the information taught in the lesson.

Lessons Include:

  • What is a Mineral
  • Luster 
  • Hardness
  • Color
  • Streak 
  • Cleavage
  • Special Properites
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Fascinating facts about identifying minerals

Magnetite has been used by sailors for thousands of years when they are at sea. Sailors traveling on cloudy days could tell the which direction they were traveling by floating magnetite on a piece of cork in water.  The mineral acts like a small compass. When the magnetite was molten and started to cool the individual minerals in the rock aligned up with magnetic north.

Water that we drink everyday is a liquid. When water in the atmosphere begins to freeze it forms a mineral because a snowflake has a definite chemical composition and a specific crystalline structure. There is a saying no two snowflakes are alike even though they are six-sided crystals.

Quartz is a silicon ore. It is the most common mineral in the Earth's crust. Quartz comes in many different colors depending on the impurities that were in the molten rock when the crystals started to form.

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L1 Igneous Rocks

L1 Sedimentary Rocks

L1 Metamorphic Rocks

L1 Rock & Mineral Field Guide

L1 Minerals

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L1 Earth Science

L1 Rock Cycle

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L1 Earthquakes

Level 1 Course 1

Level 1 Course 2

L1 Rock Identification Course 1 — Level 1 Course 1 is designed for students in the upper elementary grades. The course includes Igneous Rocks, Sedimentary Rocks, Metamorphic Rocks and the Rock Identification Field Guide. Three sets of rocks are included in the basic and complete kits.

L1 Igneous Rocks — Learn what is igneous rocks and how to identify the four major types of igneous rocks. Learn how they are based on their quartz content. They can also be classified by their color and volcanoes that produce each type of igneous rocks.

L1 Sedimentary Rocks — Sedimentary rocks cover 75% of the surface of the Earth. You will learn how to identify these three major groups of sedimentary rocks based on their characteristics: clastic, organic and chemical.

L1 Metamorphic Rocks —Learn about how plate tectonics create new metamorphic rocks from older igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. Metamorphic rocks are rocks of change due to crustal plate movement.

L1 Rock and Mineral ID Field Guide —The field guide is divided into four major sections that help students identify rocks found worldwide. The easy-to-use field guide contains basic information on common rocks, charts and pictures that are kid friendly.

L1 Basic Earth Science Course 2 — Level 1 Course 2 will take a semester to complete by students finishing three lessons per week. The Earth Science books in this course are the Rock Cycle, Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Earth Science. Three sets of rocks are included in the basic and complete kits.

L1 Rock Cycle — This Earth Science textbook includes 12 lessons on igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. Each lesson and earth science activity is designed to increase a student’s understanding of the rocks found on our planet.

L1 Volcanoes — Volcanoes on Earth explode with tremendous force creating huge eruptions. Learn about volcanoes that produce devastating eruptions and those that produce quiet eruptions.

L1 Earthquakes — Earthquakes can occur anywhere on our planet. Most the great earthquakes occur around the Pacific Ring of Fire. Find out how these great earthquakes produce tsunamis that travel thousands of miles.

L1 Earth Science —Learn how three scientists from different countries discovered major layers inside the Earth using only earthquake waves. Other lessons in this book include Earth’s Plate Tectonics, Oceans and Layers of the Atmosphere.

L1 Minerals — There are over 3000 named minerals. Learn to identify minerals using seven important properties. Eliminating properties that a mineral does not have you can learn to identify them.

L1 Basic Earth Science — Level 1 Ring of Fire Science textbooks are designed for 3rd - 6th grade students. These basic Earth Science textbooks each contain twelve written lessons, quizzes and kids science activities.

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Rock Cycle
Rock ID Field Guide

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