This week in Science 6, we started the rocks & minerals unit, beginning with minerals. Students learned how to identify minerals vs non-minerals using the 5 requirements to be considered a mineral. They also learned a mnemonic device to help remember the 5 requirements (SNIFC), and then explored some specimens to apply their new knowledge in a real life situation.
Next, we started a mineral identification lab using a series of tests such as luster, color, hardness, streak, magnetic, smell, and feel. At the end of the week, we started exploring characteristics of rocks and how rocks are made. Next week students will investigate the rock cycle and dive deeper into rock forming processed of the Earth.