Mineral Properties Foldable Activity Goal: to create a foldable that summarizes the 8 characteristic properties of minerals. Directions: 1. Take a sheet of paper and make a vertical or “hot dog” fold in it, dividing it in half. 2. Next, without reorienting the paper, fold the paper down towards you in a horizontal or “hamburger” fold, dividing it in half again. Repeat this twice more and then, unfold these last three folds. If you have done this correctly, you should have a half sheet of paper with eight horizontal strips. 3. Label the eight strips with the 8 characteristic properties of minerals as follows: color; streak; luster; cleavage and fracture; hardness; crystal shape; density; and special properties. 4. After you have labeled the eight strips, take a scissors and carefully slice the creases between each strip (There are a total of 7 creases.). Make sure to cut through the TOP LAYER of paper ONLY!!! 5. Lift the flaps one at a time. On the LEFT HAND SIDE of each strip, write a ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY DEFINITION of each mineral property. 6. On the RIGHT HAND SIDE of EACH strip, list the SUPPORTING DETAILS for each property and give EXAMPLES (ex. Give the TYPES of lusters, fractures, crystal systems, and special properties/Give the Moh’s Hardness scale/Give the formula for density). 7. If time, you may illustrate your foldable for extra credit.
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