Mineral Identification Lab




Looking for a hands-on activity in which students identify mineral samples by their physical and chemical properties? Here you go!


This lab is intended to take between 45 – 60 minutes and requires the following materials:

  • Penny
  • Steel nail
  • Glass streak plate
  • Ceramic streak plate
  • Mineral samples
  • Magnifying glass (optional)
  • ESRT


This resource includes an answer key as well.


Grade Levels: 8th – 12th
Total Pages: 12
Teaching Duration: 45 Minutes


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
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