Physical Properties of Minerals and Determinative Techniques
This activity was peer reviewed prior to publication in the Teaching Mineralogy Workbook.
This teaching activity was originally published in: Brady, J., Mogk, D. W., and Perkins, D., (editors), 1997, "Teaching Mineralogy," a workbook published by the Mineralogical Society of America, 406 pp. All teaching activities in this volume received two external peer reviews from mineralogy faculty focused on content and pedagogy, and a final review by the co-editors to comply with the publication standards of the Mineralogical Society of America.
This activity was selected for the On the Cutting Edge Reviewed Teaching Collection
This activity has received positive reviews in a peer review process involving five review categories. The five categories included in the process are
- Scientific Accuracy
- Alignment of Learning Goals, Activities, and Assessments
- Pedagogic Effectiveness
- Robustness (usability and dependability of all components)
- Completeness of the ActivitySheet web page
For more information about the peer review process itself, please see http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/review.html.
This page first made public: May 9, 2008
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
How the activity is situated in the course
Content/concepts goals for this activity
- Identify minerals based on streak, luster, cleavage/fracture, hardness, density, and other characteristics
- Accurately describe and teach classmates about physical properties of minerals
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
- using multiple lines of observational data to identify minerals
Other skills goals for this activity
- Work cooperatively in groups
- Improve student writing skills by writing a laboratory report
- Strengthen students' skills in oral presentations of their data and data analysis
Description of the activity/assignment
Determining whether students have met the goals
Download teaching materials and tips
- Activity Description/Assignment (Microsoft Word 40kB Apr27 08)
- Activity Description/Assignment (Acrobat (PDF) 55kB May3 08)
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