How to Identify Minerals 4+

DK Tasa, Inc.

Designed for iPad

    • 3.7 • 3 Ratings
    • $3.99

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This app introduces students and teachers to Earth’s minerals in an interactive guide that illustrates mineral identification techniques. Topics explored in this app include: what minerals are and how they are different than rocks; how does atomic structure influence the formation of minerals; how and where minerals are formed; how the various types of minerals are grouped; and which properties of minerals can be used to identify an unknown mineral sample.

By viewing HD videos that demonstrate actual mineral identification techniques, the student will learn to identify, name and classify minerals just like a geologist does in the field. The app also includes practice mineral identification activities and a searchable database of more than 50 common minerals.

The app may be used to supplement your geology curriculum or can be used to support a complete lesson on minerals and mineral identification.

Features of the app include:
• hundreds of zoomable high resolution photos of minerals by Dennis Tasa;
• HD videos that demonstrate actual mineral identification techniques;
• an intuitive navigation style: swipe, drop-down menu, thumbnail gallery;
• a drop-down menu with audio controls, access to a glossary and the table of contents;
• narration that can be turned off/on;
• interactive quizzes that are scored with quiz results that can be copied, printed, or shared;
• essay questions that encourage critical thinking.
• a searchable database of more than 50 common minerals;
• a multi-step mineral identification investigation of an actual unknown mineral sample.
• completely self contained, no internet required.

Table of Contents:
• Why Minerals are Important
• Minerals and Rocks
• Elements and Atoms
• How Minerals Form
• Properties of Minerals
• Classifying Minerals
• Mineral Identification
• Common Minerals (Database)

Grade levels: 7-13.

Correlates to Next Generation Science Standards:
ESS2.A: Earth Materials and Systems
ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes
ESS3.A: Natural Resources
PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter

Supports Common Core Literacy in Science Standards:

What’s New

Version 1.1

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

New essay questions that encourage critical thinking.
Added safety precautions for mineral property tests.
Improved database search.
Added a multi-step procedure that guides the user through a mineral identification investigation of an actual unknown mineral sample. Observations and conclusions can be recorded in the app and shared electronically.

Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

nlutgens ,

How to Identify Minerals

This very well done app is really misnamed because it is far more comprehensive than just mineral identification. It provides a good overview of the basic chemistry needed to understand minerals as well as providing explanations about how minerals form and are classified. The treatment of mineral properties is excellent and includes many instructive video clips. The section on mineral identification lets learners apply and test their understanding of mineral properties. Another great strength of this app is interactivity. The interactive quizzes are not only helpful tests of knowledge, but engaging and fun reviews. Other useful features are location maps, a glossary, and a nifty "mini-encyclopedia" of common minerals. The photography in this app is excellent. I strongly recommend"How to Identify Minerals."

App Privacy

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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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