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Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
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
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)
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
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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