Crystal Shapes

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Of quartz I love geology! The chapter offers five activities at three different levels. It features hands-on activities that cover crystal shapes, cleavage and fracture, hardness scale, specific gravity, and mineral identification. Scholars grow crystals, build crystals, test crystals, and more!

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Bring a variety of crystals and minerals into the class to introduce the unit
  • Have a guest geologist join the class discussion on crystal shapes
Classroom Considerations
  • Hydrochloric acid can burn skin and clothing, and the propane torch can easily start fires so follow all safety procedures
  • The third chapter in a series of seven


  • Resource includes teacher notes throughout
  • Critical thinking dialogue follows share, process, generalize, apply, and go further format
  • Answer key is provided
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