In this activity, students identify the main minerals present in granite and investigate some of their properties.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • identify the rock known as granite
  • recognise and identify the main minerals present in granite
  • state some of the physical properties associated with each of the component minerals
  • effectively use optical aids such as hand lenses and simple binocular microscopes.

Download the Word file (see link below) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • instructions on what you need and what to do
  • discussion questions
  • ideas for extending your students
  • student worksheet.
Published 27 April 2010