I have two blog posts for you- this one with resources to help you teach minerals and a second to help you teach rocks.
Side note: I want to point out that there are topics we all don’t personally enjoy teaching (for me, that is photosynthesis and cellular respiration). I’ve learned during times like these you need to fake it. If you act like you don’t enjoy the content, students won’t either.
Alright- here are some resources to help you teach minerals!
1. First off- what is a mineral? And what is the difference between a rock and a mineral? Here is a Youtube clip you can show your students.
4. If your school pays for a Gizmo account, they have a virtual mineral identification lab. It is great but not free.
6. Teaching virtually or don’t have access to a mineral collection? Check out this virtual mineral box from Illinois Central College.
8. What is the difference between transparent, translucent, and opaque minerals? Here is an easy way to demonstrate the concept: