Minnesota Minerals Education Workshop
August 5 -7, 2003

Mineral Identification

Definitions      
Physical Properties      
  Luster  
  Color and Streak
  Hardness
  Cleavage & Parting
  Twinning
  Habit
Mineral Background
Mineral ID outline      
ID Worksheet      
Materials Needed      
Determinative Tables      
Back to Penny's Home      

This activity is designed to teach students how to identify minerals by using physical properties of minerals. This will be done by simple observation and testing procedures. The following is a list of the materials you will need:

Glass Plate (PM will supply)
Streak Plate (unglazed white porcelain) (PM will supply)
Penny
Magnet (PM will have a few)
Small pocket knife
Hand lens (if available)
Mineral Background (download)
Determinative Tables (download)

 

Last Updated July 24, 2003
Penny Morton