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Name: ______________________________________________________ Date: ________________________ Period: __________________
“Is it a Rock or a Mineral? Lab”
Check in the appropriate box to state if the object is a rock, mineral or neither. You will have to reason for EACH object
stating why you picked your answer.
Object
1. Aluminum foil
Rock?
Mineral?
Neither?
Reasoning
2. Paper
3. Coal
4. Sandstone
5. Tap Water
6. Battery
7. Obsidian
8. Granite
9. Pencil “lead”
10. Leaf
11. Candy
12. Salt
13. Marble
14. Plastic Cup
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Review of characteristics of rocks and minerals
Inorganic (not from something living; never living)—Rocks can have organic matter in them
Naturally occurring (formed in nature; not artificial)
Solid (at room temperature)
Chemical COMPOUND or ELEMENT (Rocks are MIXTURES)
--all minerals have a chemical formula
Crystal shape (repeating pattern)