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Minerals, Crystals, and Gems: Stepping Stones to Inquiry

introduces students to mineral science and the scientific process -- observing things, forming hypotheses, and drawing conclusions. Students watch crystals grow, go on a scavenger hunt for minerals, and create a classroom exhibit of rocks and minerals (for Grades 3-8). (Smithsonian Institution)

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Miscellaneous Quartz and Gems © Smithsonian Institution.  Miscellaneous cut quartz gems, showing a range of colors.

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