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Grade 3 Version: CPS06-07

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Unit Name: Grade 3 Unit 1 - Rocks and Minerals

Essential Question

What are the similarities and differences between rocks and minerals?

Enduring Understanding

  • Rocks are made of minerals.
  • Rocks & minerals have different physical attributes.
  • The environment can change rocks over time.
  • Topic 1

    Differences Between Rocks and Minerals

  • Minerals are non-living objects formed in nature.
  • Rocks are made of one or more minerals.
  • Describe the similarities and differences of rocks and minerals.
  • Identify the many uses of rocks and minerals.
  • Topic 1 Vocabulary

    • rock
    • mineral
    • attributes (color, shape, texture, hardness)

    Topic 1 Standards and Elements


    S3E1a Rock and Mineral Differences

    Topic 2

    Physical Attributes of Rocks and Minerals

    Rocks & minerals can be classified using physical attributes such as color, shape, texture, & hardness.

    Perform a streak test to compare hardness of rocks and minerals.

    Observe and classify rocks and minerals based on the physical attributes.

    Topic 2 Vocabulary

    • classify
    • measure
    • observe
    • streak test

    Topic 2 Standards and Elements


    S3E1b Test/Measure Rocks and Minerals

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