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Women in Mining (WIM) Education Foundation, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Mining is a complex process in which valuable or useful materials are removed from large masses of rock. In this activity, students use birdseed and colored beads to mine for "precious metals" and "gold." At th end of the activity, students can count up their winnings. The students gain...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Coal is an organic sedimentary rock that is formed by the compaction and hardening of plant remains. Because coal is mostly composed of carbon, it is a rock that burns in air. The heat that is released by burning coal is used as the primary source of energy for the generation of electricity....

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Chabot Space & Science Center, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

"Thar's gold in them thar classrooms!" History meets Earth science in the fun, hands-on activity below. Students pan for gold and other minerals, experiencing what early settlers of the Western US went through. Some gold deposits, or lodes, are found in veins of fractured rock. After millions of...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Destination Education, Inc.
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

A treasure hunt is exciting and fun, and there are many kinds of treasures to discover. A hurricane off the coast of Florida in 1662 caused the Atocha, a Spanish galleon, to sink. This book describes the many-years-long search for the treasure believed to be on it. What could be left of a ship...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4
Destination Education, Inc.
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Visiting Ellis Island, the port of entry for millions of immigrants who came to America with hopes and dreams for a better life, is a trip back into the past. LeVar explores the purpose of the island and then visits the Statue of Liberty where he climbs to the top to see how this important...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4
Discovery Education and Freeport McMoran
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Dig Into Mining - The Story of Copper is an interactive educational program for students grades 6-8 that uncovers the use of metals such as copper in our everyday life, and provides students a deeper understanding of today's hard rock mining industry. The initiative equips educators, students...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Connections Academy
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

You use electromagnets every day. There are lots in everyday objects like your computer and doorbell. But what are they? Electromagnets are any metal objects that act as magnets when an electric current moves through it. When an electric current is not moving through it, the object acts like a...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
2014, Science Buddies, Science Friday
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Have you ever watched a fireworks show and wondered how all the different colors -- amazing reds, yellows, oranges, blues, purples, greens, and more -- are made? The color, or colors, that a firework makes depends on what color-producing chemicals are in the firework. These chemicals are various...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

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Brooks Coal Mine, Colorado, circa 1905
Classroom Activities
National Park Service (NPS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

In this activity, students will explore their creativity and critical thinking while they imagine a cave environment and create an organism that lives in their cave. Their cave will be one of the types mentioned in the preceding pages, but their organisms will be of their own imagination.

Cave in Carlsbad Caverns
Classroom Activities
National Park Service (NPS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

Caves form through a variety of natural processes depending on their local geology and climate. Flowing lava, melting ice, dissolving rock, and crashing waves are the major processes that form these wondrous environments. In this activity, students will observe a model of how the most common...

Cacti in the Sonoran Desert
Classroom Activities
Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

In this activity, students study natural features of Mesa Verde and make conclusions about how early inhabitants settled there.

Mauna Ulu on the east rift of Kilauea. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Classroom Activities
Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

Traditional geologic maps — sometimes crisscrossed with lines, blotted with colors, and marked with strike and dip symbols — have been used to depict the geologic makeup of the Earth for many years. New technologies such as satellite-enabled remote sensing are allowing geoscientists to create...

Topaz Sample
Classroom Activities
Association of American State Geologists (AASG), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

With this activity from the Association of American State Geologists, students can use local geologic maps to research types of rock in their area.

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