How Do Crystals Work?

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What do amazonite, heliotrope, carnelian, and diamonds have in common? There are all crystals and members of one of the six crystal families. Viewers of a fascinating short video learn about the molecular structure of crystals that cause them to grow into the same shape time after time.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Have a variety of crystals, nodules, and geodes on hand for class members to examine
  • Invite a gemologist to speak with the class
  • Select videos from the linked webpage to extend the lesson
  • Have class members grow their own crystals
Classroom Considerations
  • The resource includes the video, a comprehension check, and a link to a related resource
  • Animations illustrate why the bond to produce a particular shape
  • None