Mineral Hunt

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In this activity, learners search for various kinds of items made from minerals around their home or school, including toothpaste, wall paint, kitty litter, and bricks. The PDF contains a check off list as well as recommended sites for more information on minerals.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Printout of PDF or mineral list
  • Pen or pencil


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Rocks and Minerals
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Technology
      • Manufacturing


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • be mobile

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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