Malachite, a copper carbonate mineral, can be varying green hues ranging from pastel green to almost black. Mineral forms include the bazaar stalactitic pillars, shimmering masses, and reniform (kidney-shaped). It rarely crystalizes, but is often found as microscopic crystal crusts. Malachite can also be a pseudomorph of a different mineral or replace another mineral by taking over its form. Common malachite pseudomorphs are azurite and cuprite, as prismatic, tabular, re-entrant twins, or thin splinter forms.
Malachite has a long history with humanity spanning well over 6,000 years. Famous malachite pieces include a high quality 30 ton piece extracted from the Russian "Nadezhnaya" pit of the Mednorudyansky. The famed Malachite room of the Winter Palace in St. Petersberg, Russia holds a giant room filled with Malachite from pillars, to a giant malachite vase.
This short unit study will guide you on both a scientific and historic journey to learn about the Peacock Stone!
This unit includes the following:
1). Profusely illustrated PowerPoint slides using beautiful photographs (the PowerPoint is the main textbook for the unit study)
2). A study guide
2). PowerPoint Interaction Questions
3). Connections with ancient history and geography
4). Journal Entry template
5). Malachite Web Resources link on the Rocks & Minerals course website
6). NatureGlo’s eScience student project rubric
7). An accordion foldable malachite timeline template for a lapbook, journal or interactive notebook
9). Template Answer Keys
9). One Quiz
10). PowerPoint Interaction Questions & Quiz Answer Key
Gloria Brooks, aka Natureglo, is founder and director of Natureglo's eScience, an eLearning center that serves homeschoolers, schoolers and teachers virtually. She holds a BA in K-12 education with certificates for completing the Kamana I and II programs from the Wilderness Awareness School. Her non-faith based or neutral worldview courses and curriculum are welcoming to families from all faiths and non-faith based backgrounds. She has been teaching K-12 since 1997, outdoor education since 2003 and conducting live online math enrichment and science classes since 2011.