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NHMU: Rock and Mineral Uses

Group Size:
Small Groups


Students will learn about the various uses of rocks and minerals to better understand the important role they play in our everyday lives.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Science - 2nd Grade
Standard 2 Objective 1

Describe the characteristics of different rocks.

Supplemental Materials (pdf)



Background For Teachers:
Rocks and Minerals are an important part of our daily lives. We use them for agriculture, art, construction, communication, medicine, and so much more. In the United States, each person uses more than one million pounds of rocks and minerals in a lifetime. Investigate how rocks and minerals are used to maintain and improve our way of life.

Instructional Procedures:

  • Divide students into groups of 3 or 4.
  • Cut out the words on the Mineral Uses worksheet.
  • Examine various rocks and minerals that can be found in Utah.
  • Discuss what you think each rock or mineral could be used for and place the usage word next to the rock or mineral.
  • Check your answer on the chart (next page). Some minerals may be used for the same thing.


  • Choose a rock or mineral to study. Go to the library or Internet to learn how it is used.

This lesson plan was developed by the Utah Museum of Natural History.

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Created Date :
Nov 12 2004 13:13 PM