Gemstones

Hello and Welcome to the World of Gemology!

Today in this activity, you and your classmates will learn about the geological process that creates Gemstones and how to identify some basic Gems.

If you do not know what a Gemstone is, the Webster dictionary defines a Gemstone as: a mineral or petrified material that when cut and polished can be used in jewelry. Examples: Diamond, Opal, Sapphire, etc. 

Below is a photo of polished minerals..

polished gems

Go to the next section to learn more about your activity today, and HAVE FUN!

1. Each student will be assigned to a group. After your teacher assigns your group, a team leader will be chosen amongst the group.

 

2. Now that you have your group, the group leader will be given an assignment where he/she will have to work together with their teammates in order to correctly match gemstones. The group leader will then write the answers down on a piece of paper. RESEARCH IS ESSENTIAL!!

 

3. After the assignment, each group will be assigned a gemstone to look up information on, your job is to primarily be able to identify the gemstone and have an understanding on how they are formed. You will watch a video that will instruct you on how it is formed. TAKE NOTES!!

 

4. Once everything is completed you and your group will create a presentation on how your gemstone is formed.  BE PREPARED YOU WILL PRESENT TO THE WHOLE CLASS. You will be given 5 minutes to present so make it clear and simple. You can add as many pictures as you'd like.

 

 

DO YOUR BEST AND GOOD LUCK, I KNOW YOU'LL ACE IT!!

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Now click on the Process button to find out what you will be doing!!!

 

Process:

Welcome to the world of Gemology!

Let's start your research on Gemstones! Once your groups are formed and your group leaders are chosen, gather research needed for identifying Gemstones! 

The group leader will need to number a piece of paper with the numbers 1-12 and write the answers as you indentify each gemstone. 

As you can see, there is a numbered picture of Gemstones! Match the names to the correct number! After you finish, there is an answer sheet provided below to check your answers.

 

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Answers to Word Match Quiz:

1.    Diamond

2.    Sapphire

3.    Ruby

4.    Emerald

5.    Garnet

6.    Peridot

7.    Aquamarine

8.    Topaz

9.    Amethyst

10.  Opal

11.  Citrine

12.  Zircon

 

How many did your group get correct?

Were you surprised at your knowledge on identifying Gemstones?

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Next, each group will be assigned a specific Gemstone by your teacher!

While watching this video on how Gemstones are formed, pay close attention to your specific Gemstone that was assigned to your group.

EVERYONE WRITE NOTES ON HOW YOUR GEMSTONE IS FORMED!

Then, after the video is done, compare notes and get a group rough draft of how your Gemstone is formed.

Once your group has all your information written on your rough draft, you will create a presentation on how your Gemstone is formed and present it to the class! Your teacher should have a poster board and markers ready for each group.

Also, once presentations are done, your class will be making rock candy, just like the example used in the video! :D

Have fun Young Gemologist's! :D 

 

 

Does not meet Expectations

Meets Expectations

Exceeds Expectations

Document and show supporting evidence of information gathered.

 

Not clear on topic and relevant information.

 

 

0-14 points

 

Most relevant information and used in a responsible way.

 

15-19 points

 

Detailed, provides clear evidence. Uses information in a relevant way.

25 points

Knows and understands the characteristics of the gems?

Lacks details

 

0-14 points

 

Summary articulates several details.

 

15-19 points

 

Is articulate in detail and in information. With great examples.

 

25 points

Shows How the Gem is formed properly?

Student did not properly document information

 

0-14 points

 

Documented information in a meaningful way.

 

 

15-19 points

 

Shows high level of skill in detailed descriptions and including specific examples.

25 points

Written and Verbal skills are used properly.

Shows deep Interest in assignment.

Multiple spelling errors. Missing irrelevant information.

 

 

 

0-14 points

 

Mostly free of spelling and grammar errors. References are somewhat correct.

 

 

15-19 points

 

Shows high level of skills proper grammar and spelling. References Cited correctly.

 

25 points

Congratulations on completing your work as a Young Gemologists'!

Today you have:

a. Researched and identified various Gems

b. Documented and presented the process in which Gems are created

c. Had fun representing this creation through making rock candy

d. Shown full understanding of Gem identification and formation

polishing opal
opal ring

Keep an eye out for Gems you see out in the world and share your knowledge with others!

Thank you for doing such a great job today! :D