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NHMU: Create Your Own Rock!

Main Core Tie

Science - 4th Grade
Standard 3 Objective 1

Additional Core Ties

Science - 2nd Grade
Standard 2 Objective 1

Group Size



Utah LessonPlans


Students will create and name their own rock by combining paper minerals.


Background for Teachers

A rock is a combination of one or more minerals. For example, granite is a rock made up of the minerals quartz, feldspar, and mica.

Instructional Procedures

  • Review the definition of a rock. Show students the different minerals in granite. The feldspar is pink, the muscavite mica is light, the biotite mica is dark, and quartz is clear.
  • Use colored scrap paper and cut out small pieces (these represent different minerals of a rock).
  • Arrange the minerals and paste them in the square on the This rock is called attachment (the type of minerals used and arrangement of those minerals determine the type of rock created).
  • Make up a name for the rock you just created!


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

Created: 11/11/2004
Updated: 02/05/2018