Elements in Rocks and Everyday Things (Grades 4-6)

Activity 3 is a simple matching exercise. Students must match everyday things with the elements they contain. Oxygen is part of the molecule in the water and ice in the glass. Sodium is in the salt in the shaker. Aluminum makes the soda can. Magnesium is used in batteries. Silicon is used to make the glass in eyeglasses. Phosphorous is used in matches. Potassium is found in bananas. Calcium is found in milk. Iron is used in metals to make car frames. Titanium is used in paints to make them white. Can you think of any other elements in the things we use everyday?

Activity 3. Elements in Rocks and Everyday Things

Directions: The elements listed below are common in rocks and minerals. Match the elements with their common occurrences.

  1. OXYGEN

  2. SODIUM

  3. MAGNESIUM

  4. ALUMINUM

  5. SILICON

  6. PHOSPHOROUS

  7. POTASSIUM

  8. CALCIUM

  9. IRON

  10. TITANIUM

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