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Mrs. Meyers – “What is a Mineral?” Reading Guide
Use my NearPod link & Textbook Section 3-1: pages 64-69
1. Define what a mineral is (pg. 66):
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o Minerals are building blocks of rocks.
o Rocks are the building blocks of the solid part of the Earth.
o For an object to be considered a mineral it must have these 4 characteristics:
2. Use Figure 1 on page 66 to define each of the following
4 Characteristics of
a mineral
Naturally formed
Inorganic
Solid
Definite crystalline
structure
Define the characteristic
3. ____________________ are pure substances that cannot be
broken down into simpler substances.
4. There are ____________naturally occurring elements.
5. Each element is made up of only one kind of ____________.
6. An atom is the smallest part of an element that has all of the
_________________ of that element.
7. Most minerals are made up of _______________.
8. A _____________ is a substance made up of 2 or more
elements combined.
9. What is a crystal?
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