beryl.jpg Minerals Investigations

An Internet WebQuest on Minerals

= =Introduction =

This webquest contains several activities which may be done by individuals, partners, or teams. They may be done by all class members or for extra credit. The final projects will be presented to the class. You will learn characteristics of minerals and how to identify them. You will explore how minerals are used in everyday objects all around you.

= =Task =

You will use the links provided as well as other resources (library, etc) to become experts on your minerals. You and your team/partner will work together to create a PowerPoint project that presents your team's answer to the Quest. By completing this WebQuest, you should achieve the following goals: 1) develop an interest in the study of Minerals; 2) use the power of the Internet for advanced exploration; 3) learn information about key aspects of Minerals; and 4) work with teammates to create a combined project.

= =Process =

There are several activities to complete.
Each person does activity one.
Students work with partners to do activity two.
Upon completion of activities one and two, students may do activities 3-5 for extra credit to reinforce knowledge and improve their final projects.
When activities 1 & 2 are complete, groups of 4 students will collaborate to produce a final project for the class.
Activity 1: Write a report in Microsoft Word about Identifying Minerals by their Properties.
Activity 2: Make a Publisher project featuring 10 minerals and their uses.
Activity 3: Go on the Minerals Scavenger Hunt.
Activity 4: Take the other minerals webquest or the mining webquest.
Activity 5: Find how minerals are used in Exodus 28.
Activity 6: Now partners combine into groups of 4 to collaborate. Make a final project to present to the class.

Phase 1 - Background Information
Sites are given for each of the activities, but some sites give good information for more than one activity. A cite used to tell about properties of minerals may also give uses of minerals. Check out all the sites listed for the first two activities.

Phase 2 - Roles
The activities are explained with links and instructions below. Here are the general instructions for all of you. Please see your specific instructions and questions below.


1. Everyone do the first activity.

2. You can work with a partner to do the second activity.

3. Remember to include the URL of the page you take information fone m
rom so you can return to it and use it as a citation.

4. Focus what you've learned into
your group project.

= =Activity 1: (Done individually)=


Identify Minerals by Their Properties: rosequartz.jpg
* Properties of Minerals

Write a report in Microsoft Word.
1. Use Times New Roman 12 pt font.
2. Define a mineral.
3. Tell how a mineral is identified by its properties such as color, luster,
streak, cleavage/fracture, and hardness.
4. Insert pictures of minerals with different characteristics.
5. Identify the characteristics and the minerals in the pictures.
6. Minerals are naturally formed, inorganic solids with a crystalline structure. Give some examples of minerals with different crystalline structures and insert their pictures.
7. Identify the structures and the names of the minerals in the pictures.
8. Your report
needs at least 6 pictures with captions and needs to be at least 200 words, including the information about the pictures.

= =Activity 2: (Work with a partner)=


Find Uses of Minerals: exToothpaste.jpg
* Minerals and Uses

1. Create a banner in Publisher to show how minerals are used. They are used in virtually everything from toothpaste to dry wall to jewelry.
2. You need at least 10 minerals. You and your partner will find minerals beginning with letters A-F, G-L, M-R, or S-Z. The teacher will assign your group of letters.
3. Insert a large, clear picture of the mineral with its name under it in large type.
4. Then insert a large, clear picture of a use of the mineral with the description of the use under it in large type.

= =Activity 3: (Extra Credit)=


Go on a Mineral Scavenger Hunt:
* Minerals Scavenger Hunt

To learn more about how minerals are used in everyday life, go on this scavenger hunt with your partner. Print out the data sheet and record your results. This can be used to improve your project.

= =Activity 4: (Extra Credit)=


Try another Webquest:
* Another Minerals Webquest

Take one of these webquests to gain more knowledge about minerals and to gather more information for your project.

Activity 5: (Extra Credit)

Find Minerals in the Bible:
* Bible Minerals

What minerals are listed in Exodus 28? According to the passage, how are the minerals to be used? Find pictures of the garments described and insert the pictures into your project.

Site Your Sources:
* Internet Citations

This site gives the rules for citing your sources.

= =Group Project: (Groups of 4, one from each section of minerals)=


Phase 3 - Reaching Consensus
You have all learned about some uses and properties of Minerals. Now group members come back to the larger WebQuest team with expertise gained by searching from one perspective. You must now complete the Task as a group. Each of you will bring certain data to the project. Use information, pictures, movies, facts, opinions, etc. from the web sites you explored to convince your teammates that your information should be part of the team project. Each group will have 4 people, one who researched each section of minerals. Here is your group project:
1. Choose 10 minerals, approved by the teacher. Each group will use different minerals.
2. Make a PowerPoint project with at least 22 slides.
3. The first slide is the title slide. Put a title, the names of those in your group, and a picture.
4. The second slide is the introduction which defines minerals and tells what is meant by the term inorganic solid.
5. For the remaining slides, two slides focus on each mineral.
* The first slide shows a picture of the mineral and tells how the minerals are formed, their crystalline structure, and shows how they are identified by their color, luster, streak, cleavage/fracture, hardness, and special properties.
    • The second slide tells how they are used and shows a picture of at least one use.
    • You can add extra slides to show interesting facts about the minerals or uses.
* You can add extra slides to tell about your scavenger hunt, other webquests, and/or Bible investigation.
6. You can record your voice on the PowerPoint.
7. Present your project to the class.

= =Discussions using the Wiki: (Done Individually)=


So what distinguishes one mineral from another? How do we use minerals? What minerals are most essential? What should we still investigate about minerals? What did you learn about minerals from other members of your group or from another group? Comment on these conclusions on the discussion tab.