Products Teaching Materials
Audrey C. Rule
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, Iowa
1997, The Clay Minerals Society
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Students will be able to match cards that tell kaolin properties
and uses with corresponding kaolin products to demonstrate their
awareness of the uses of kaolin clays.
the accompanying pages on a printer (in color, if possible).
out the card fronts and backs from the printed pages. Use a paper
cutter if possible so that the edges are straight.
12 squares of mat board measuring 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. Glue the
card fronts that list kaolin properties to the fronts and the
corresponding product pictures to the backs.
a plastic shoebox. Use wide clear package tape to affix the label
"Uses of Clay Minerals: Kaolin Clays" to the outside
of each end of the box.
out the "Directions" card and glue to a mat board rectangle
measuring about 4 1/2 by 6 inches.
an example of each of the products that will fit into the shoebox.
a hand specimen of kaolinite (a white clay). Ask students to brainstorm
its properties (white, powdery, mixes with water, opaque, etc.)
Then ask students to suggest any uses they can for this mineral
(often students are aware that clays are used in ceramics.) Finally,
allow students to work in small groups to match cards that list
properties of kaolin clays with corresponding products. They will
probably be surprised at the many uses of kaolin clays.