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EARTH SCIENCE

Platte Canyon High School
Bailey, Colorado

Earth Science Lessons

MATTER AND MINERALS
UNIT III

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OBJECTIVES

A. Define, compare, and contrast atoms, elements, compounds, and mixtures
B. Identify the three major parts of the atom and understand how they relate to
     atomic number and atomic mass.
C. List the names and symbols of common elements.
D. Define chemical formula and subscripts.
E. Understand the concept of crystals and crystalline structure.
F. Distinguish chemical and physical properties of minerals.
G. Recognize and classify the common minerals by their observable physical and
      chemical characteristics.

LESSONS

Mineral Identification Lab     Identification of 12 significant minerals, including Talc, Gypsum, Calcite, Fluorite, Apatite, Orthoclase, Quartz, Galena, Pyrite, Bornite, Muscovite, and Hematite.
Crystal Shapes Lab      Construction of crystal models representing the major crystal classes, including isometric, tetragonal, orthorhombic, triclinic, monoclinic, and hexagonal.
Denver Museum of Nature and Science - Hall of Minerals     Virtual Fieldtrip to the Hall of Minerals.  Examination of the numerous displays at the museum.
   
   
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