Marvelous Minerals

A WebQuest for 3rd Grade

(Earth Science)


Introduction | Task | Process | Evaluation | Science Curriculum Standards | Conclusion | Credits


Discover the world of minerals through this WebQuest! Your class and your teacher are going on an adventure through the present, the past, and the future. Minerals are everywhere! This webquest will challenge you to identify minerals by learning more about them.

Always remember "the best way to wrap your mind around rock, however, is to wrap your hands around rock. No matter what make sure you get outside and get your hands on some rock. Compare textures. Compare colors. Compare sizes. The rock will remember."

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The Task

As a class, the students will discover the wonderful world of minerals. They will discover that rocks are different types of minerals. They will also be challenged to redefine some everyday items as minerals.

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The Process

Background Information already presented to students:

1. Read the text Minerals by: Roy Gallant to the class

2. Create a class KWL chart.

3. Visit this site and modify the unit plan to suit your class needs. Complete this unit as a class to activate prior knowledge in some students. This lesson will offer the students a language experience the students will need for a successful unit plan.

4. Visit this website as a class. Discover together the different terms associated with minerals. List the types of minerals that are found on the website. Create a class graph of the favorite types of minerals.

5. Discover soil layers by visiting this site. When you have finished, illustrate your understanding of what soil layers look like in your Science Journal. Label your drawing.

6. Look at the pictures of mineral at this website. Draw a picture in your science journal and write three sentences describing how it looks and predict how it might feel.

7. Go to the learning center and look, feel, smell, and yes even taste the minerals as they are labeled.

8. Learn about the types of jewels here:

** What are the uses of jewels? Can you name five jewels and describe what they could be used for besides jewelry? Write about it in your Science Journal.


9. Here are some sites that you can use to extend the lesson.

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Using the KWL chart create a paper and pencil evaluation of items learned during the WebQuest process. Collect assess the Science Journals for completeness as well as the extension of thought through writing.

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State of Ohio Science Curriculum Standards

Standard: Earth and Space Sciences

1. Demonstrate the understanding that rocks have distinct properties (e.g., color, layering, texture).

Standard: Physical Sciences

1. Explain that materials may be composed of parts too small to be seen without magnification.

2. Describe objects by the properties of the materials from which they are made, and that those properties can be used to separate or sort a group of objects or materials

Standard: Science and Technology

2. Describe about the design process and product in oral, written, or pictorial form.


Standard: Scientific Inquiry

2. Use oral, written, and pictorial representation to communicate their work.

3. Read and interpret simple tables and graphs produced by self/others.

8. Record and organize observations made.

9. Communicate investigations and explanations. This communication might be spoken or drawn as well as written.

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Every rock has a story to tell. The students have explored the internet and their environment to learn so many new things about minerals. Extend this lesson by completing the Webquest about Rocks that has also been created for BGSU.

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Credits and Resources

Roy Gallant, (2001) Minerals. New York, Benchmark Books.

Designed by : Rachel Birt

Spring 2002

Bowling Green State University Graduate Assistant

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