What is a Mineral?
How hard is a diamond? What is the difference between granites and garnets? Minerals are the building blocks of rocks. They are inorganic, crystalline solids with a known chemistry. Examples of minerals include diamonds, garnets and even water ice! Rocks are made up of one or more types of minerals; for example, granites are made of quartz and feldspar.
- Alan's Factory Outlet: Mohs scale for metallic elements and alloys
- CoreKids: Michigan minerals A-Z (handout)
- CoreKids: Rock and mineral uses (handout)
- CoreKids: Rocks and minerals (poster)
- Home Advisor: Rock collecting
- Home Rock Collecting: Guide
- Larson Jewelers: 40 common minerals
- MIKIDS.COM: Rocks and minerals quest (activities, worksheets, rubrics, educational resources, Michigan Curriculum Framework Benchmarks)
- Mineralogy Society of America: Mineralogy4Kids
- National Earth Science Teachers Association: Rock and the rock cycle
- United States Geological Survey: Mineral resources program