learning lab resources - about page

Rocks and Minerals Activities and Anchor Chart

Browse by Category

Let your students have fun learning about rocks and minerals with these engaging activities, task cards, posters, anchor charts, and science labs. Rocks and Minerals has to be one of my favorite science units to teach because the students are just so interested in it. Many of them ask to bring rocks to school that they have collected and they enjoy looking at geodes and minerals.  Hands-on activities lend themselves well to this unit, making it so much more exciting for the kiddos.

When I teach the unit, I break it up into sections.  First, we learn about minerals and crystals and complete some labs investigating the properties of minerals.

Then, we talk about rocks, how all rocks are made of minerals, and dig into the rock cycle. Again, we will do some labs comparing and contrasting various types of rocks.

To culminate the unit, I usually talk about weathering, erosion, and deposition.  This is a little more confusing for the students, as they tend to confuse the terms.  My students enjoy watching a BrainPop video on the slow land changes, which helps visualize these processes.  I also created an anchor chart to go over the three types of weathering.


Let your students have fun learning about rocks and minerals with these engaging activities, task cards, posters, anchor charts, and science labs. I have all the resources that I use to teach Rocks and Minerals in this product I have in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  It’s my second best seller and comes with a TON of goodies to keep your kiddos engaged throughout the unit.Take a minute to watch a video of everything you’ll get!
What’s Included?

READING COMPREHENSION PAGESLet your students have fun learning about rocks and minerals with these engaging activities, task cards, posters, anchor charts, and science labs.
– Earth’s Layers
– Minerals
– Crystals
– Igneous Rock
– Sedimentary Rock
– Metamorphic Rock
– Weathering and Erosion

HANDS ON ACTIVITIES
– Observing the Characteristics of Rocks and Wood
– Comparing Two Rocks
– Comparing Two Minerals
– Rock Cycle Diagram
– Discovering the Properties of Minerals 

CREATIVE WRITING AND WORD STUDY
– Rocks and Minerals Adventure
– Rocks and Minerals Acrostic Poem
– Mineral Cinquain Poem
– Diamond Auction Advertisement
– Rock Cycle Brochure (with rubric and example)
– Rock Cycle Vocabulary
– Earth’s Layers Vocabulary

RESEARCH ACTIVITY
– Rocks and Mineral’s Online Scavenger Hunt

EXPERIMENTS AND DEMONSTRATIONS
– Rock Sandwich (modeling sedimentary rocks and fossils)
– Erosion Lab

28 TASK CARDS

14 POSTERS WITH PICTURES AND DEFINITION

Melissa Mazur

Melissa Mazur

My name is Melissa and I am an educator, blogger, and curriculum designer.
I’m here to help offer you teaching tips and low-prep resources to help take some of the burdens off you so you can do what you do best – teach!

About Me

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

learning lab resources- about

Oh hey there!

My name is Melissa and I am an educator, blogger, and curriculum designer.
I’m here to help offer you teaching tips and low-prep resources to help take some of the burdens off you so you can do what you do best – teach!  

Don't miss a thing

Enter your email below to be the first to know about new products, resources, and weekly tips for inspiring and engaging your students!

Would you like practical and actionable ideas that you can easily implement plus access to my entire free resource library?

Join my email list to gain access to my free resource library and receive emails from me with teaching ideas and tips that are sent right to your inbox!

preloader