Physical Geology: Rocks and Minerals

Unit Essential Questions

  1. In what ways do the chemical and physical components of Earth's minerals determine the properties of those minerals?

Understandings

  1. Properties such as cleavage and hardness are properties that can be used to identify minerals.
  1. Mineral testing, experimentation, and modeling are used to evaluate minerals.
Learning Targets:

Students will be able to....

  1. Explain that properties of minerals are a result of their chemical and physical (crystalling) makeup, so properties can be used to ID minerals.
Learning Targets: Essential Question

Students will be able to.....

  1. State the essential question, and
  2. Explain how each topic of study is foundational to or otherwise related to our essential question.
Academic Vocabulary: Bricks Academic Vocabulary: Mortar
  • physical geology
  • mineral
  • crystal, crystalline
  • amorphous
  • lithosphere
  • igneous
  • mafic
  • felsic
  • intrusive
  • extrusive
  • volcano
  • cinder cone
  • Mohorovicic discontinuity
  • magnetic field and reversal
  • Bowen's reaction series
  • metamorphic
  • compressional force
  • foliated
  • non-foliated
  • parent rock
  • sedementary
  • ocean
  • passive/active continental margins
  • clastic
  • channel
  • streambed
  • flood plain
  • alluvial fan
  • dike
  • describe
  • elaborate
  • explain
  • analyze
  • classify
  • compare
  • contrast
  • relate
  • interpret
  • list; state
  • explain
  • define
  • law (in science)
  • theory
  • claim
  • evidence
  • reason

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Daily Learning Activities
Day 1
  • Learning Target/Question
    • List and describe the topics in physical geology. Why are they important?
  • Activities/Strategies
    • Intro to Physical Geology - gallery walk and written summary table to develop understanding of the course learning objectives.
  • Assessments
    • Participation in gallery walk and summary table
  • Assignment

Day 2
  • Learning Target/Question
  • Activities/Strategies
    • Physical properties of Crystals
    • Crystals Around You - identifying crystals
      • Claim: Which substances are crystals? Evidence: observed properties
  • Assessments
    • written claim, evidence, reason
  • Assignment

    • Finish CER if not done in class
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