Minerals, Crystals, and Gems: Stepping-Stones to Inquiry
The goal of this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom is in part to introduce students to the basics of mineral science, but also to teach the scientific process by instructing students how to observe, form hypotheses, and draw conclusions. Minerals are an ideal subject for this because they are readily available, they are intrinsic to daily life, and they appeal to students. By using minerals as a stepping-stone to learning the scientific process, students will find that science is not the sole domain of adults in lab coats, but an exciting process in which they can make their own discoveries.
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Earth Science, Geology