• Lesson 1 Tools and Safety

    August 7-10

    Tuesday – Friday

    Goal 1: Identify and describe the uses of given tools.

    Goal 2: Identify the safety procedures that are universally practiced in a lab.

    Friday August 17 assessment: Students must pass with 90% or better before conducting ANY lab.

    Monday August 7-10; there is a box of tools you will be using this year. Draw (or,using a computer, copy and paste) each tool into your journal. Properly identify its name and its use.

    Using text resource pages (provided in textbooks on your tables) R10 – R18 identify the safety procedures you might practice when using each tool.

    Assessment to be passed by Friday, August 17.

    Lesson 2 The Chemistry behind the stone:Begining August 20

    This week students will learn how element. Mineral, rock, atom, molecule, compounds are related and how some are formed. Students will be able to read the periodic table.

    Want a good brain teaser?

    What does a chicken, water, a book, a rock, a glass of air and an atom all have in common?

    Complete the main point questions 1-8 by Friday August 22.

    Questions 9 and 10 are assessment questions for this lesson to be passed by August 23

    Main point questions                   NOTES

    Matter is the stuff that makes up all things.

    1. Identify two properties that all matter shares.
    2. How are atoms related to elements?  
    3. How are atoms related to molecules?                        
    4. How are molecules related to compounds?

          5.. How are compounds related to minerals

          6... How are rocks and minerals related? 

    What is the difference between a rock, a mineral and an element?

    Main point questions                                   NOTES                        

    7. Identify the properties of minerals

     that set it apart from a rock.

    Cite your source.

    8. What are the properties of an element that set it apart from a mineral? Cite your source .

    9. Identify the specimen on your desks as either, rock, mineral or element.

    10. What evidence do you have to support your claim?                   


    Introduce CER support to LA’s CER for Romanticism vs. Transcendentalism.

    Show your completed notes to Mr. Shoop by Friday , August 29.

    Lesson Notes: The periodic table of elements, Bohr model and Lewis Dot structures.

     Atomic structure and Periodic table Class Notes

    Allegory of the Cave: Create an allegory from what you know of the periodic table of elements.


    LA Support to free verse : students will create a free verse poem showing understanding of the difference between rock mineral and element.


    Friday September 1

    The student will begin learning of the three main classifications as well as a few of the sub classifications of each rock type. For the next two weeks students will be given lecture, resources, and challenges .

    As they learn the types, students are to create an electronic rock collection. (See rubric).

    Use PowerPoint to create an electronic rock collection that answers each main point question and gives at least one example of EACH rock type. Be sure to cite where you get your pictures from.

    Electronic rock collection requirements Power Point

    Igneous thinking map

     Sedimentary class notes Sedimentary Rock Power Point

    Metamorphic class Notes  Metamorphic Rock Power Point


    Main point questions         NOTES    

    1. What is the difference between intrusive and extrusive igneous rock?

    2. How can you tell the difference between felsic igneous and mafic igneous?

    3. How can you tell which Igneous rock cooled Quicker than another?

    4. How is each type of igneous rock formed?

    5. What are the three main types of sedimentary rock? Describe how each are formed.

    6. In what two ways are metamorphic rock formed?

    7. What is the difference between foliated and non- foliated metamorphic rock?

    8. How is marble formed?

    9. How is gneiss formed?

    10. How is quartzite formed?


    Class presentations of electronic rock collections begin September 14-20.

    September 18

    Mineral study. What identifiable properties can be used to identify most common minerals?

    What tests can be done in the field? You can build your own field kit. What would you have in it?

    Minerals make up rock. Are all rocks made of the same minerals? How do we know which minerals make up a rock? How can we identify a mineral? Memorize the hardness scale on the following web site; http://www.nakedscience.org/mrg/Minerals%20and%20Crystals.htm  before answering your main point questions.

    Main point questions due at end of class September 18.

    Main points questions                NOTES

    1. If you were to create a mineral test kit to take with you out into the field, what items would it contain that

     would help you test the mineral?


    2.What is another name for blue corundum?                      

    What is another name for red corundum?


    3.What test draws the mineral out into a powder?

    4.Describe luster.

    5.What are the two main types of luster?

    6.What is the difference between fracture and cleaving?                                   


    Show your notes to Mr. Shoop for assessment.

    Assessment :Using the test kits provided, perform a mineral test on the samples Mr. Shoop will give you.

    September 19 &20

    Turn mineral test documents in by end of class September 20

    September 25 Coal formation and the rock cycle.

    Due September 28 How is coal formed?

    Using the terms ; lignite, bituminous, and anthracite, explain how coal is formed.

    Draw an illustration to support your explanation.

    Show notes to Mr. Shoop for assessment by September 28


    The Rock Cycle

    Due Oct 11&12

    What happens to rocks and minerals over time? Can a metamorphic rock become igneous? Can rocks and minerals go through chemical changes or physical changes or both?

    In this exercise you will identify the type of change rocks and minerals go through as they are, “recycled”.

    draw and label the rock cycle. Describe the destructive processes that allow rocks to be recycled.

    Show your notes to Mr. Shoop for assessment.


    Due October 12th

    Activity :

    Modeling the rock cycle and the forces involved. Mime the rock cycle to music that represents each cycle.



    October 13 – 17 interpreting rock layers


    I am currently discussing non-mandatory Saturday field studies in New River and Flagstaff area for late September and early October.

    New River trip is a trip to a lapidarist who will show students how they can cut, polish and carve stone.

    The Flagstaff area trip is a fossil collecting and mineral collecting trip. All transportation and housing accommodations for the Flagstaff trip will have to be provided by participating families