Mineral Treasure Hunt
In science class, you have been studying rocks and minerals. In this activity, you and your family can see how important minerals are in everyday life by taking part in a mineral “treasure hunt”!
- pen or pencil
- paper bag
Fold and cut a piece of paper into seven pieces. Write the names of the seven minerals listed in the chart below on the pieces of paper. Fold the papers in half and put them in a paper bag. Reach into the bag and draw the name of a mineral. Using the chart, find an object in your home for which that mineral was a source. Take turns with your family members.
|Fluorite||steel, glass, fiberglass, pottery, enamel|
|Borax||textiles, glass, insulation, antiseptic soaps and cleaners, preservatives|
|Chalcopyrite||source of copper for pipes, wires, coins|
|Hematite||glass manufacturing, clock and radio parts, computer chips|
|Chromite||stainless steel products|
Which mineral on the list seems to be common in your home? For how many household items was this mineral a source? List them.