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Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this activity, students create a working model of an oil pump. Artificial lifting systems, or pumping units, are used to help pull oil out of reservoir rock and pump it up a well. A down hole pump in the well is connected to the pumping unit by steel rods, which are screwed together. The pump...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students will be able to identify minerals according to physical properties by using color, luster, Moh’s hardness scale, the streak test and an identification sheet. The purpose of this investigation is to understand how geoscientists identify minerals by color, luster, and tests for streak and...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6
Women in Mining (WIM) Education Foundation, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This activity teaches the student to identify minerals by observing and testing the physical properties of each mineral. Have students compare their test results with the Mineral Identification Sheet.

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Caterpillar (Cat)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Caterpillar is pleased to offer 75 professionally developed lesson plans, appropriate for ages 11-13, 13-15, and 15-18, available in English and Spanish as downloadable PDFs. Each lesson plan provides learning objectives compatible with mining education curriculums around the world. Topics...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Minerals Education Coalition (MEC), Society for Mining, metallurgy, and Exploration (SME), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Density is an intrinsic physical property of minerals that relates to the composition of the mineral and to the pattern in which the mineral’s atoms are arranged. “Intrinsic” means that the property is the same for the mineral, no matter what the size or shape of the sample. In this activity,...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9
2017, Gazdonian Productions
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This lab has students inspect sand samples under magnification and make observations on the sand's grain size, sorting, roundness of grains, and composition. It's geared toward high school level but can be adjusted for lower grades also.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Minerals Education Coalition (MEC), Mining Matters
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Travel to the world of Mighty Miner (MM for short)! Through this 20 page activity book, MM will be your guide exploring types of mines, mining processes and structures, and the miners and geologists who bring important minerals to all of us. This coloring book is from Mining Matters (Canada)...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
It's About Time
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Investigating Earth Systems approaches Earth System Science through problem-solving, with community-based models that are hands-on and inquiry-driven. Students will investigate: where deposits of minerals can be found, how deposits form, how minerals are mined, what responsibilities you have in...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8

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artist's concept of Cassini during the Saturn Orbit Insertion (SOI) maneuver
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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Interested in starting a CubeSat program at your school and launching a small satellite? NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers, and faculty of all ages the opportunity to get hands-on, flight hardware development experience while designing, building, and operating small...

Butte, Montana mine shaft
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Featuring fast facts, games, puzzles, and coloring pages, this activity book teaches K-5 students about the EPA's many roles in protecting our environment. The book presents information on environmental topics such as water supply, air quality, ecosystems, and land pollution and offers simple...

Waterspouts in the Bahamas
Classroom Activities
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Weather Service (NWS)

Join Owlie and friends to embark on a "Severe Weather Preparedness Adventure!"Most appropriate for elementary and middle levels, this online game -- produced as part of NOAA and the National Weather Service's Young Meteorologist program -- teaches students how to stay safe through weather...

Students studying soils
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

Combine your iPhone or tablet with a 3D-printed clip and glass sphere to create an inexpensive, yet powerful, microscope. The microscope slips over the camera lens of the cell phone and is no thicker than a phone case. It is designed to fit most cell phone brands, including iPhone 4 and 5,...

Sunrise at the Grand Canyon
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Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Middle School Geology Task asks students to evaluate rock layers and make evidence-based claims about their formation.

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